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Is Your Child Ready for Their First Dental Visit?

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Thinking it’s about time to schedule your child’s first dental checkup?

If you wait until your child has a toothache, then they may be overdue, already.

The Right Age for the First Pediatric Dental Checkup

Children should see a dentist by the time they are a year old or when they get their first tooth, according to the American Dental Association.

At such an early time, you can make sure that your baby’s smile development is all happening on schedule. A Kennestone pediatric dentist will also teach you effective methods for cleaning your toddler’s teeth as they come in.

Your child’s first dental visit doesn’t have to include x-rays and a professional cleaning. It’s usually just a consultation and an opportunity for your family to get to know the dentist. The sooner you bring your child to the dentist’s office, the sooner it will become a habit for them. They’ll be more likely to remain calm and cooperative during future visits.

Prepare Your Child for a Dental Exam

It’s one thing for a dentist to check a small baby’s teeth. But what if your child is well past the toddler years?

Some children don’t handle their first trip to the dentist’s as well as others. But there a few things you can do to make the experience a positive one for your child.

  • Be upbeat when talking about the dental office.
  • Avoid expressing any negativity, even when mentioning your own appointments and treatment.
  • Maintain a healthy routine of brushing and flossing your child’s teeth.
  • Let your child watch the dentist examine your or an older sibling’s teeth.

For more advice on keeping your child’s smile healthy, contact our team here at Dental Care Center at Kennestone.

Posted on behalf of Dental Care Center at Kennestone


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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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Based on 247 reviews

  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.