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Dr. D. Gregg Baker, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Thomas C. Baker, D.M.D.

Prepare for your first visit

When should my child first visit the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child is seen within six months of the eruption of his or her first tooth or by age one, whatever is sooner.

How can I prepare my child for his or her first dental visit?

Our goal is to help your child have a positive experience on his or her first visit to the office. This starts long before your child walks in the door. Children are smart and can easily become apprehensive if you make negative comments about the dentist. Use the office and staff pictures to introduce your child to our friendly team and encourage a positive attitude when visiting the dentist. Our pediatric dentists are specially trained to work with apprehensive and fearful patients and our staff will help put you and your child at ease.

What will happen on my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The first visit is a good opportunity to get to know you and your child. We will typically do a cleaning and the dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums. We may discuss topics such as oral hygiene, tooth eruption, orthodontics, diet, behavior, and your child’s risk for cavities. If necessary we will develop a treatment plan for your child and discuss this with you. Please come with questions as this will be a good opportunity to address your questions and concerns.

How often should my child see the dentist?

We generally recommend that children visit the dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning; however, depending upon your child’s needs we may recommend that he or she be seen more frequently.