What to Expect at Your First Dentist Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist within six months of getting the first tooth–and no later than the first birthday. In this video, Dr. Charlie Clark talks about why it’s important to teach kids to take care of their baby teeth and why a healthy smile can help kids meet their milestones for healthy development. Use this video to help kids understand that an early visit to the dentist can set the foundation for a lifetime of great oral health.

Discussion Questions

Why should you visit the dentist as soon as you get your first tooth?

Why is it important to take care of your baby teeth?

When should you start flossing your baby teeth?

Behind the Scenes of Your First Dental Appointment

Go behind-the-scenes of a pediatric dental appointment to learn from the dentist what kids can expect during their very first dental appointment. In this video Dr. Robert Matthews shares what happens when kids arrive for their dental check up and what kind of questions the dental hygienists will typically ask kids. Plus, Dr. Matthews also talks about what happens during a dental exam, like checking for cavities and counting teeth. Kids can also get tips on what they should ask the dentist and hygienist during each visit. 

Discussion Questions

How many times a year should you go to the dentist?

What is something you can do to feel better if you get scared at the dentist’s office?

What is one question you want to ask the dentist next time you go?