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Childs First Visit

Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Vienna, VA

Your child’s first visit to the dentist is an important one. It can propel your child into a lifetime of good oral health or deter them from ever wanting to go to the dentist again. Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, and the experienced team at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna and Tysons, Virginia, will do their very best to make sure your child’s first visit is a pleasant one. To get the very best dental care for your child, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Child’s First Visit

What is the right age for my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child visit the dentist for the first time when their first tooth comes in. However, if your child’s first tooth has yet to come in by the time they turn one, you should schedule their first visit with their new dentist.

What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?

At your child's first visit to the dentist, there's usually only minimal actual treatment. The focus is on introducing your child to their new dentist in a comfortable and non-threatening way. During the first visit, you'll be able to hold your child in your lap to help keep them steady and calm.

However, if you and your child are both comfortable with it, their dentist may spend some time with your child one-on-one to help them grow accustomed to spending time at the dentist on their own.

Their dentist will examine your child's gums, jaw, and existing teeth to look for problems and potential problems. This exam may include taking X-rays to give their dentist a more in-depth picture of your child’s oral health.

If your child urgently needs teeth cleaning, a member of the Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry team can clean your child’s teeth during the same visit. However, you can schedule a cleaning later if you wish.

If their dentist discovers any emerging issues or potential problems during your child’s dental exam, she will discuss those issues with you and recommend treatment options.

How often should my child see the dentist?

Their dentist usually recommends that healthy pediatric patients see her every six months, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. However, if your child has dental issues, such as severe periodontal disease, their dentist may need to see your child more often than that.

The Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry team will work together to meet all of your child’s dentistry and orthodontic needs. Schedule your child’s visit online or over the phone today.