Your Child's First Dental Visit | Dentist in Arlington, VA

When Should a Child See a Dentist for the First Time?

Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the dental habits you should instill in your child from a young age. Your partner when it comes to your dental health, is your dentist. We work with you to ensure that you are taking proactive steps at home to protect your long-term oral wellbeing, such as by applying the correct techniques when brushing and using the right products to take care of your teeth. We then follow this up with professional monitoring and care. We are able to spot potential problems early on before they can cause considerable damage to your teeth and oral health in order to help you retain your natural smile for as long as possible. Your child is no different. By introducing them to visiting the dentist early in their life, you can give them a very positive start to their long-term dental care.


When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

Many parents are unsure when they should take their child to the dentist for the first time. An infant’s first teeth all come through at very different times. Some babies will not get their first tooth until they are at least a year old while others may actually be born with one. The rest of their teeth will all erupt at different rates too. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first visit should be scheduled just after the first tooth erupts in the mouth, and no later than 18 months, by which point at least one tooth should have developed.


What sort of pediatric dentistry services are available?

In addition to comprehensive check-ups of your child’s teeth, there are a variety of other ways in which our family dentistry practice can support your child’s oral health.

These include:

  • Comprehensive education on the best way for your child to look after their teeth. This includes brushing and flossing techniques, diet and nutrition advice for healthy teeth, and healthy dental habits.
  • Professional dental cleanings. This is where we use specialist tools to undertake a full and extensive deep clean of your child’s teeth.
  • Dental sealants and fluoride treatments, which are designed to help protect your child’s teeth.
  •  Diagnostic testing and imaging when required.
  • Restorative dentistry treatments, including white fillings, extractions, and other procedures if required.
  • Orthodontic advice and treatment to straighten the teeth and deal with bite problems.


Since invasive dental treatments can be overwhelming, particularly for very young children, it may be possible for your child to have sedation to keep them calm and comfortable during their procedure. Please enquire with our team for more information and to see if your child would be eligible.



Taking your child to visit the dentist and getting them used to the sights, sounds and other sensations associated with the appointments is the best way to prevent dental phobia from developing and ensure that they have a positive relationship with their dental professional, as well as enjoy great oral health. To find out more about introducing your child to the dentist for the first time, or for any other details on our pediatric dentistry services, please contact our offices.

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