The Importance of the First Dental Visit
The first dental visit to our Fargo pediatric dental office or our Grand Forks pediatric dental office provides an early opportunity for you to establish a dental home for your child. In keeping with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation, we encourage the age 1 dental visit. However, no matter what your child’s age is on their first visit, we will provide an educational and comfortable experience for parent and child.
What to Expect
We encourage you to be present in the treatment room for your child’s first dental visit. During this visit, we will record medical and dental history, complete an examination of your child’s mouth, and brush his or her teeth. Depending on the needs and age of your child, we may also take dental radiographs (x-rays) and complete a fluoride treatment.
Our team will also discuss important oral health topics with you, which may include techniques to help you brush your child’s teeth, how much fluoride your child may be exposed to, and also what types of risk factors are involved with childhood caries (cavities). Risk factors may include previous dental experiences, your child’s diet (frequency of juice or snacks high in sugar), or lack of fluoride in your drinking water.
The pediatric dentist will review any findings and recommendations, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our team through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you have any concerns regarding this recommendation, we encourage you to express your thoughts during the initial examination. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.