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All children need early and regular dental care. During routine checkups visits the doctor will check your child's dental health. A visit to a dentist is recommended within 6 months of when your child's first tooth comes in but no later than your child's first birthday.footnote 1
Some parents may worry about their child's first visit to the dentist's office. You can make a trip to the dentist more positive for your child if you choose their dentist carefully. Talk to your child about what to expect. If you want, use books that are meant to help a young child prepare for the first dental examination. If you have concerns about how your child will behave, talk to your dentist before scheduling the visit. Your dentist may allow your child to come in once or twice before being examined. These types of visits help prepare your child and often make him or her more comfortable with the dentist, other staff, and the office environment.
Regular dental visits are important to teach your child good dental care and to help prevent cavities and other problems. The examination also helps to identify and treat problems early and prevent them from becoming more serious.
CitationsCanadian Dental Association (2005, reaffirmed 2012). CDA position on first visit to the dentist. Canadian Diabetes Association. Available online: http://www.cda-adc.ca/_files/position_statements/firstVisit.pdf. Accessed November 11, 2014.Canadian Dental Association (2005, reaffirmed 2012). CDA position on first visit to the dentist. Canadian Dental Association. Available online: http://www.cda-adc.ca/_files/position_statements/firstVisit.pdf. Accessed November 11, 2014.
Adaptation Date: 2/8/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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