First Dental Visit

When should I schedule a visit for my child?

Dr. Andy is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and follows their established guidelines that are supported by evidence-based dentistry. The first “regular” dental visit should occur no later than your child’s first birthday to establish a dental home for your child. The dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. Establishment of a dental home begins no later than 12 months of age and includes referral to dental specialists when appropriate.

What should I expect? My child is only a year old?!

Dr. Andy and staff performing a dental exam

Dr. Andy and his team will utilize the “knee-to-knee” technique to allow us to gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. We will also review the dental history of both the child and the primary caregiver. This will allow us to identify areas of your diet and hygiene that may be considered high risk practices. This will allow us to educate our patient family and minimize your child’s risk for future dental concerns. We may also attempt to clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. Most important of all, we will review with you how to properly clean and care for your child’s teeth. X-rays may need to be obtained to rule out decay and to allow us to assess the development of your child’s teeth that are under their gums.

Dr.Andy’s little guy having his first dental exam!

Please call us at  Children's Dentistry of Gallatin Phone Number 615-461-7491with any questions or to schedule an appointment.