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Childs First Visit Specialist

Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics -  - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Falls Church City, Falls Church, VA

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend establishing a “dental home” for your child by the age of one. Nathalie Phaeton, DDS, and Ki Youn Kil, DDS, understand how important it is to build a close rapport with their pediatric patients early on. That’s why a child’s first visit is a specialty at Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia. To schedule a dental visit for your child, call the office or use the online tool.

Childs First Visit Q & A

What is a child’s first dental visit?

Experts recommend taking your child in for their first dental visit within six months after their first tooth erupts, or by the age of one. This initial visit is the perfect time for you to ask questions about your child’s oral health, and for your child to start building a comfortable, positive relationship with their dentist from an early age.

What happens during my child’s first visit?

A child’s first dental visit is primarily a time for them to get to know their dentist and feel comfortable at Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics. The visit itself typically lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. 

You’re welcome to stay with your child during the initial visit, but it’s important that you allow the team to accompany them at future visits, as this allows your child and their dentist to build a closer rapport.

Depending on your child’s age, their first dental visit may include:

  • Full exam of the teeth, bite, gums, oral tissues, and jaw
  • Gentle cleaning
  • Removal of any tooth stains, tartar, or plaque
  • X-rays, if necessary

This first visit also gives your child’s dentist the opportunity to provide information on:

  • Best infant feeding practices
  • Teething
  • Tooth decay from bottle-feeding
  • Pacifier habits
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Teeth cleaning

If you have any questions about your child’s oral health, this initial visit is the perfect time to ask.

How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit?

Visiting the dentist can feel unsettling for your child, so it’s important to make the first visit comfortable and enjoyable. 

Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics strives to gain your child's confidence and help them overcome apprehension, so this initial visit should feel fun and enjoyable. 

Drs. Phaeton and Kil are committed to providing the highest quality care for your child, from their first visit through young adulthood. To schedule an appointment with Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, call or book online today.