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How to Prepare for Your Little One’s First Dental Appointment

The first year of life is chock-full of exciting first-time experiences. While it’s hard to forget your child’s first giggle or solid food, what about your baby’s first dental appointment? According to the American Dental Association, it’s time to book an infant dental appointment within six months after the arrival of their first tooth or blow out their first birthday candle (whichever comes first).

Before scheduling the first dental appointment, we want to ensure that both parent and patient are cool, calm, and collected for this momentous day at our dental office. Here are three easy-to-follow tips to make your child (and yourself) feel more confident and equipped to hop up in the dentist’s chair.

  1.  Don’t be scared! Be prepared.

Because a first dental appointment is a new experience, it can come with some natural anxiety. But, have no fear! There’s no need to stress! Instead, promptly prepare your child’s medical records, insurance information, online new patient forms, and any questions you might have for our understanding kids dentist before stepping into our Lorton pediatric dentistry office.

Because our kids dental team tends to run on schedule, we ask that you please arrive and check in 15 minutes early so that we have enough time to accommodate your child’s needs and every other child after them. (Plus, early arrivals permit parents and kids to take advantage of our comfortable, calming, and chic waiting room.)

  1. Bring comfort items.

Just like the individuals who rely on them, coping strategies are unique. When stress, anxiety, and fear hit, some babies opt to suck their thumbs. Other young children prefer reaching out for something soft, cozy, and familiar. Your child’s favorite toy, blanket, or lovey can be a part of their first appointment too! By bringing a dependable comfort item, little ones can practice self-soothing techniques and feel more confident in their new surrounding.

  1.  Schedule your child’s first dental appointment with a pediatric dentist.

Some parents are tempted to bring their baby or toddler to their family dentist, and we’ll be the first to admit that this seems convenient. Still, not all dentists are trained (or willing) to treat babies or young children.

Conversely, pediatric dentists have 2 to 3 years of additional training under their belt to become specialized in managing the diverse dental needs of kids under 18 years. Kids dentists have a deeper understanding and a unique perspective on what young people need in terms of oral health.

Learn More About Infant Dental Visits in Lorton, VA

First dental visits are a huge deal, and Dr. Heba Rashed and her team feel honored to be a part of the beginning leg of your child’s race to excellent oral health. At Petite Smiles Boutique Pediatric Dentistry, our team takes pride in servicing the world’s smallest (and cutest) smiles so that they grow to be big and strong.

Is it time to schedule your baby’s first dental appointment? If so, don’t hesitate to call (703) 5469194 or book an appointment online.