Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry

Bringing your child in for their first dental visit around the age of one and coming back every six months has benefits that will last a lifetime:

Avoid dental anxiety
Get familiar with a healthy routine
Encourage proper oral hygiene habits

What to Expect

If you’re bringing your child into our office for the first time, you can always expect friendly, personalized care. If your child has all of their primary teeth, we’ll examine each one and keep an eye out for any issues. Dr. Knight will perform a gentle cleaning and answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Any issues with your child’s oral health and development will be addressed, and you’ll leave our office with peace of mind knowing that your little one is happier and healthier than when you came in.

Find a Dental Home

 When you and your family have a trusted dental office, routine appointments feel more like visiting friends and you’ll enjoy more personalized care.

Prevent Cavities

Cavities are the most common preventable childhood disease. Early, routine dental appointments will help your child avoid decay and stay healthy.

Encourage Healthy Habits

We work alongside parents to promote optimal dental health and help children develop a positive oral care routine that will last a lifetime.

Healthy Smiles Start Here

Preparing for Your Visit

We want to ensure that you and your little one enjoy your appointment at Knight Pediatric Dentistry. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing for your visit:

  • Remember that your child doesn’t know what to expect yet. Use positive language when you talk to your little one about their upcoming dental appointment, and don’t assume that your child will be nervous or scared.
  • Bring along any comforting toys and distractions that your child may appreciate while you’re in the waiting room. We also have a kids play area to keep your child entertained before your appointment!
  • Your own stress or anxiety about the dentist may be more noticeable than you think, especially for a perceptive and sensitive toddler. If you’re cheerful and calm, you set the tone for your child to be, too.
  • Bring any insurance information you may need during your appointment to make every aspect of your child’s care as seamless as possible— even checkout.

First Visit Frequently Asked Questions

When should I bring my child in for their first appointment?

According to the American Dental Association, children should come in for their first dental appointment when their first tooth erupts, or when they turn one year old. Bringing your child in early will help ensure that their oral development is on the right track and that any issues are addressed before they become bigger problems.

Does my child need a fluoride treatment?

Fluoride is a great way to treat the early stages of decay and keep your child’s teeth strong. If your child’s teeth have been weakened by oral acids or bacteria, fluoride has the ability to remineralize tooth enamel and prevent cavities from fully forming. If we see decay or suspect that your child is at high risk of cavities, Dr. Knight may suggest a fluoride treatment during your preventive dental appointment.

How do dental sealants prevent cavities?

Dental sealants create a clear, durable barrier that prevents food particles and acid from directly contacting your child’s rear molars. This painless, efficient, non-invasive treatment can protect your child’s teeth for up to 10 years. During your next appointment, ask us about dental sealants to help keep your child’s smile healthy and strong!

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