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Your Baby’s First Dentist Appointment

When to Make the First Dental Appointment for Your Child

Children need adults to help teach them how to take care of their teeth. This kind of learning begins early, and the sooner a parent or guardian starts caring for their child’s teeth, the sooner the child will pick up healthy dental habits.

Dental care begins at home. Before a child’s first tooth erupts, parents can use a damp cloth to gently wipe off the baby’s gums or use a gum massager, usually made of silicone. Once the first tooth emerges, a soft bristled toothbrush should be used to clean the young tooth and those that follow with a baby safe toothpaste.

Once oral care begins at home, a parent should be looking into finding a dentist for their child. According to the ADA (American Dental Association) a child’s first dental appointment should be scheduled once their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday.

Dental visits will help ensure a child is not only comfortable at the dentist, but that good oral hygiene is practiced early on in their life, which increases the likelihood they will continue these good practices in the future.

What Will the Appointment Entail?

When you bring your child in for their first dental appointment at Windy City Family Dental, you can expect a welcoming environment and staff who have experience working with children. Our team is comfortable with fussy babies, nervous children, and any new patients visiting our practice.

At your child’s first appointment, a simple exam will be completed, followed by daily oral care instructions. Bringing an infant in for their first appointment provides the parent or guardian with valuable information that starts the child on a path to years of good oral health.

Some parents worry their child will be left feeling frightened after their first experience at a Chicago family dentist, but the more relaxed a parent behaves about the situation, the better off the child will be. Babies and young kids pick up on their parents’ emotions, so it is important to be calm before and during the appointment. Also, avoid mentioning tools and procedures that may induce anxiety in children, such as drills, needles, cavity fillings, etc.

Finding a reliable family dentist near River North can be difficult, but when you call on Windy City Family Dental, you can rest assured that you and your family are in good hands.

General Dentistry and Emergency Dental Care in River North

Windy City Family Dental offers patients of all ages a wide variety of services, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, preventative care, emergency services, and dental cleanings in River North. Contact us to set up an appointment today.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

What Our Patients Say

Everything about this Dental Center is welcoming! It looks and feels so nice from the moment you walk in. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure you feel great. They are all caring and there for you. These professionals know what they are doing!!!

Greg E.

The Staff at Windy City Family Dental are excellent in both general and cosmetic dentistry. They are honest and sincere with NO pushy sales and will sincerely discuss pricing without being condescending. Integrity is hard to find these day, thanks to you and your team.

Valerie G.

Charming and professional office!! Makes visiting a dentist enjoyable!! My smile thanks them all!

Elizabeth B.

Fantastic customer service. This is the best experience at a dentist that I have ever had. Dr. Neal really took her time and made me comfortable and explained everything. The staff was very helpful and friendly too. Very professional

Darcy R

"Dr. Neal and Dr. Nedvetsky are fantastic! This office is very professional, they take lots of time, and are very customer service oriented. I cant say enough good things about these guys and their staff.

Jason S

Let me preface that I hate going to the dentist...but not Windy City Family Dental! The staff is insanely friendly and patient. The facility is nice inside. What makes this place great is the people. Everyone from the front office staff to the hygienists to the dentists is awesome. Highly recommend going here!

Nick B

Everything about this Dental Center is welcoming! It looks and feels so nice from the moment you walk in. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure you feel great. They are all caring and there for you. These professionals know what they are doing!!!

Greg E.

The Staff at Windy City Family Dental are excellent in both general and cosmetic dentistry. They are honest and sincere with NO pushy sales and will sincerely discuss pricing without being condescending. Integrity is hard to find these day, thanks to you and your team.

Valerie G.

Charming and professional office!! Makes visiting a dentist enjoyable!! My smile thanks them all!

Elizabeth B.

Fantastic customer service. This is the best experience at a dentist that I have ever had. Dr. Neal really took her time and made me comfortable and explained everything. The staff was very helpful and friendly too. Very professional

Darcy R

"Dr. Neal and Dr. Nedvetsky are fantastic! This office is very professional, they take lots of time, and are very customer service oriented. I cant say enough good things about these guys and their staff.

Jason S

Let me preface that I hate going to the dentist...but not Windy City Family Dental! The staff is insanely friendly and patient. The facility is nice inside. What makes this place great is the people. Everyone from the front office staff to the hygienists to the dentists is awesome. Highly recommend going here!

Nick B