Currently the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child be seen by a pediatric dentist by his/her first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first primary tooth. The reasoning behind the early appointment is the establishment of a dental home. The primary objective at this stage is education and prevention. It is a great opportunity for you to discuss your child's dietary habits and oral hygiene practices. Many dental problems such as baby bottle tooth decay could have been avoided had the parents visited a dentist sooner.
We need your help to make your child's dental visit a pleasurable one. We ask that you inform the child that he/she is going to see the dentist and that they are going to brush and count their teeth.
Reassure them that it is going to be easy and fun. It is best if you refrain from using any words that might cause unnecessary fear for your child, such as needle, shot, hurt, pull or drill. We use other words that convey the same message but are less frightening to the child.
We use the tell-show-do method of treatment delivery. We tell the child what we are going to do in child-like terms, we show to a degree, and then we do. We will only do what the child will allow, no child is forced to do anything they do not want to do.