Benton & Nelson DDS

When should my child have their first dental visit?

June 28, 2021
Posted By: Blake Nelson

When should you bring your child for their first dental visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental visit within 6 months of getting their first tooth or by 12 months of age. For infants and toddlers, we recommend scheduling dental visits with a pediatric dental office (Spangler, Rohlfing & Lambert Pediatric Dentistry are wonderful!). Dr. Nelson is happy to see children ages 4 years and older. 

How can you help your child prepare for their first dental visit? 

Let your child know what to expect! Show them videos of children at the dentist or read them a book about going to the dentist (such as "Daniel Tiger Goes to the Dentist"). You can also purchase a dentist play set so your children can practice at home (we love the realistic Melissa & Doug Dentist Play Set).


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I know that your office sees adults, but can I also bring my children?

Yes!  We love seeing children.  In fact, one of our hygienists worked in a Pediatric dental office for many years before coming to work at our office.  Schedule your children at our office and conveniently have all of the family's dental visits on the same day!  

At Benton and Nelson Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of services for your children

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