Your First Visit

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should begin seeing a dentist as soon as their baby teeth erupt, or by their first birthday. It is important that you begin healthy oral hygiene habits with your little ones early so that they have healthy, happy smiles for life!

What to Expect

At Baker and Graham, we strive to make your child’s first trip to the dentist as pleasant and educational as possible. We will take our time to make sure your child is comfortable with their dental team and overall experience before evaluating their dental health. The exam will include a review of your child’s at-home oral hygiene and dietary practices, inspecting for any signs of damage or decay, and a gentle but thorough cleaning.

Be Prepared

Before your visit, please take a moment to discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child and get them excited – not scared – for their visit! Explain that the dentist will be looking at their teeth to make sure they are in tip-top shape, but avoid mentioning words like needle, drill, shot, or telling them that it won’t hurt – for many small children, the thought of experiencing pain at the dentist’s may have never entered their mind. Instead, prepare them for a fun environment where they’ll meet lots of friendly faces and learn many new things!

We also ask that you be prepared to provide the following things:

Your child’s completed patient information form
Your child’s insurance card (if applicable)
Your photo ID

What’s Next?

Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile! The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist a minimum of every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.