When Should Your Child’s First Dental Appointment Be and What to Expect: Weis Dental in Greater Hampton Roads

Are you a new parent? Congratulations! The Greater Hampton Roads region is a wonderful place to raise a family, whether this is your first bundle of joy or you’ve been through this rodeo before. Regardless of how many kids you may have, one question seems to always come back; when should a child first visit the dentist? We’ll be your guides through this important milestone and fill you in on what you can expect. Weis Dental is here to guide you through this important milestone and what to expect.

The First Dental Appointment: When and Why

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child’s first dental visit should occur within six months of the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. This early visit serves several vital purposes:

Oral Health Assessment: The first dental appointment allows our experienced pediatric dentists to assess your child’s oral health, including checking for any potential issues with tooth development, alignment, or early signs of cavities.

Preventive Guidance: We provide valuable guidance on oral hygiene practices, nutrition, and habits that can affect your child’s dental health. By starting early, we can instill good habits that will benefit your child throughout their life.

Building Trust: The early visits to the dentist help familiarize your child with the dental office, equipment, and staff. We aim to create a positive experience, making future dental appointments less intimidating.

Making the First Dental Appointment Fun

At Weis Dental, we understand that the first dental visit can set the tone for your child’s future attitude toward dental care. That’s why we strive to create a fun and welcoming environment. Our staff is trained to work with children, making the experience as positive and enjoyable as possible. We aim to build trust and confidence in your child, setting the stage for a lifetime of good dental habits.

Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

New parents in the Greater Hampton Roads area are welcome to call any of our three offices in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, or Chesapeake, VA, to schedule your child’s first dental appointment, or to ask us any questions you have about their oral health and development. We’re here for you, and can’t wait to see your little ones’ smiles begin to develop!