The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommends that children visit a pediatric dentist to receive an initial dental exam within six months of when their first tooth erupts. These first visits to the dentist are designed to establish a dental home and help your child begin developing positive associations with visiting the dentist. We provide infant and toddler dental examinations to develop this relationship and to educate our patient’s parents about proper dental hygiene from a young age. Call 805-985-2400 if you have questions and to arrange your visit at Sugarbug Dental.

A typical pediatric dental appointment will include the following:

Please bear in mind that if you are calm, your child will feel calm as well. You can help your child feel more comfortable and happier in the dental office by being positive and maintaining a calm demeanor. As a parent, you can encourage your child to develop positive associations with visiting the dentist by avoiding threatening language, such as the words “hurt” or “shots”, and providing positive explanations about what will happen during the appointment.

If you have any questions about your child’s first dental appointment, please contact our office.