Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist


At the office of Joe D. Arbutante DDS, it’s our goal to provide children with a great head start on developing a lifetime of healthy teeth and healthy habits. We understand that as a parent, you have all sorts of things that you have to plan and worry about, which is why we’re glad to take over the role of your child’s dental health advisors. As your trusted Spring Lake, MI pediatric dentist, we’ll be glad to help with any and all of your dental health concerns for your child when you bring him or her in for a first visit.

When Should the First Visit Be?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first checkup should be at the age of one. Even though there might only be a few baby teeth that have erupted, it will still give us the opportunity to discuss the importance of oral hygiene and help encourage healthy dental habits. A trip to the dentist at an early age will accomplish far more than just a check for cavities!

Before Your Child’s First Visit

The first thing you should do is talk to your child about what to expect beforehand. Make sure not to make too big of a deal about it or get too nervous; children can tend to pick up on your nervousness and it can make them anxious as well. Let your child know that we’ll simply be looking inside his or her mouth and we’ll also spend some time talking to you two. It may be helpful to bring a snack, a toy, or something that will help ease your child’s mind during the visit. If you have other kids, it’s best if you’re able to leave them with someone else or possibly even bring another adult with you to the appointment so that you can focus solely on your child’s oral health.

During the Visit

The first thing we’ll do during the visit is spend a few minutes getting to know you and discuss what we’ll be doing. After everyone is acclimated, we’ll perform a gentle examination of your child’s mouth. We’ll be looking for any signs of tooth decay and assessing the possible risk of developing a dental disease in the future. This can help us prevent, or even reverse, the early stages of tooth decay without the need for drilling.

After we’re done with that, we’ll go over various ways to keep your child’s oral health at its optimal level. We’ll discuss oral hygiene tips, proper dieting and nutrition, and the best ways to prevent tooth decay. If any treatments are needed, we’ll explain what they are, how they’re performed, and why we recommend them. After we’re done, we’ll schedule a follow-up visit in six months.

Contact Your Spring Lake, MI Dentist Today!

If you have any more questions about your child’s first visit to the dentist, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at (616) 842-0090. We can’t wait to hear from you and help put your child on the path toward a lifetime of healthy smiles!


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