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First Visit Checklist

By Brianne Jones, RDH

First Visit - Checklist

Have a little one at home?!
Make sure establishing a Dental Home is on your list of to-do’s, especially if your child has already had their first birthday.

Because baby teeth are the blueprint for permanent teeth, caring for them is important. While tooth decay can impact children’s ability to eat and sleep, it can also impact a child’s ability to learn at school and speak clearly. Remember to schedule a visit with a pediatric dentist to ensure healthy little teeth and keep this checklist handy for an enjoyable first visit and as a refresher for check-ups.

  • Schedule your first pediatric dental visit to establish a Dental Home, or “home base,” for your child’s dental needs by your child’s first birthday. Remember, it’s never too late!
  • If you have a toddler who hasn’t seen a pediatric dentist before, consider a “get acquainted” visit so your child can get familiar with the dental office before the first appointment.
  • Answer all your child’s questions positively and be careful about using scary words. Check-ups and 90 percent of first visits do not have anything to do with “hurt,” so don’t even say the word!
  • Read your child a story about a character who had a good dental visit. 
  • Give your child some control over the dental visit. Such choices as “Will you hold your bear or should I?” or “Which color toothbrush do you like?” will make the visit more enjoyable.
  • Give center stage to the pediatric dentist and allow him and his team to do most of the talking to build a better relationship with your child. Remember, you will be able to discuss with the pediatric dentist after the examination.