The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist to receive an initial dental exam within six months of when their first tooth erupts. We recommend dental visits every 6 months to evaluate the child’s teeth and gums, and to help your child begin developing positive associations with visiting the dentist. During the first dental visit, it is often helpful to have the parent sit by or hold the child while providing encouragement.

The goal for babies and toddlers is to allow us to count their teeth, evaluate for visible decay and brush the teeth. If your child is older and has all of their baby teeth, X-rays may be taken to evaluate for possible decay and track the adult teeth beneath the gums. Our dentist or hygienist may provide fluoride after cleaning your child’s teeth, which will help prevent cavities. We will also provide education on oral hygiene and home care.

Here Are Some Tips For Preparing For Your Child’s Visit:

  • Talk to your child about the dentist.
  • Read books with them about going to the dentist.
  • Explain what will happen during their first visit.
  • Remain positive and stay calm to encourage your child to have positive associations with the dentist.


During Your Child’s First Visit, We Will:

  • Examine your child’s mouth, including gums and teeth.
  • Advise on how to prevent adverse dental habits, like thumb sucking.
  • Assess their need for fluoride.
  • Teach them how to properly brush and floss their teeth.
  • Schedule your child’s next dental visit

If you have any additional questions, call our office in Spokane, Washington, at 509-327-8681 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicolas Gallegos.