Your Child's First Visit

A trip to the dentist should be fun, and the team at our Decatur pediatric dental office wants your child to have a happy and healthy smile from their first visit all the way through adulthood. We believe that with the right information and tools, your child can learn about their teeth and take part in properly caring for them. 

First visits anywhere can be daunting for anyone, so at our office, we keep the first visit as relaxed and fun as possible. Children are not born with a fear of the dentist, and we know that first impressions can make a huge difference.

Child's First Dental Visit | Decatur ILWhen Should My Child Be Seen?

Your child’s first tooth will usually come in when they are between the ages of 6 and 12 months. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen as soon as their first tooth has erupted or no later than their first birthday. Preventative dental care from the very beginning promotes healthy mouths later on in life.

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What to Expect at Your Child's First Dental Appointment

Your child’s first visit to our pediatric dental office is about showing them that our office is a safe environment. We know that building a relationship with your child makes them feel more comfortable with their surroundings and puts everyone at ease.

The visit will begin with a tour of the office so that your child can meet our staff, see our office, and learn about our procedures. We have plenty of toys and games, and we encourage kids to play and hang out while we get better acquainted. 

After the tour, once your child is comfortable with us, we will take x-rays and explain what will happen during the rest of their visit, using simple, non-threatening terms to help them understand the process. After the x-rays, we will do a cleaning if your child is cooperative. Next, Dr. Bret will examine your child’s mouth and answer any questions you may have. At the end of every dental visit, each child receives a special coin to “buy” a prize for a job well done.

Children's First Dental Appointment | Decatur ILBaby Bottle Tooth Decay

Education is one of the most important services we provide, and Dr. Bret will always take the time to provide you with information and advice so you can give your child the best start possible. One issue that often affects young children’s dental health is baby bottle tooth decay.

Milk (including breast milk), formula, and juice all contain sugar and can cause baby bottle tooth decay. We recommend that a child not be given a bottle with any liquids that contain sugar when they are being laid down for a nap or bedtime because this habit often leads to cavities and decay. If you are concerned that your child may be affected by this, please contact our office so we can perform an examination.

Call Us for an Appointment Today

We can’t wait to get your child started on the path to great dental care. Call our Decatur pediatric dental office today to make your child’s first dental appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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