FIRST VISIT

Toddler Bushing Teeth

When to Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has recommended that children first see the dentist six months after the first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. Your Pediatric Dentist Dr. Keown recommends the same.

Schedule Your First Visit

Contact us and we can schedule your child's first dental visit as soon as possible. Be sure to fill out the new patient forms in advance to speed up your visit: New Patient Form

What is the purpose of the first dental visit?

Integrating infant patients into the practice enables children's dentist Dr. Edwards and her team to collect valuable information about your child and family and enables her team to develop an early intervention and prevention system.

What can you expect at the first dental visit?

An examination on a one-or two-year-old child doesn't involve a lot of teeth and can be done very quickly. Very few children need to have their teeth cleaned at that age. However, an actual cleaning can be done while demonstrating oral hygiene to parents.

The most effective and comfortable position for patient, parent, and dentist is the "knee-to-knee" position. Dr. Edwards and parent sit opposite each other with knees touching. The child sits on the parents lap facing the parent with their legs embracing them. The child then lies backward until the head rests in Dr. Edward's lap while the parent holds the patient's hands. This position allows the child to see and feel the parent while the dentist performs the examination with minimal restraint. The position allows for excellent visualization of the oral cavity by both the parent and Dr. Edwards.