There are so many “firsts” that we are always looking for when it comes to our children. From first steps, to first words, there are so many special moments.

One special moment that can often be overlooked is your child’s first tooth. Normally the first tooth erupts between 6 to 12 months of age, and from there, more will continue to appear at their own pace. Another important first that takes place in the first year of your child’s life is their first dental visit.

In support of February’s – Children’s Pediatric Dental Month Awareness - Dr. Gaston To’olo of Katahdin Pediatric Dentistry in Bangor has put together some crucial guidelines on how to approach the first dental visit, making it a memorable, and special time for not only your child, but for you the parent as well.

Here are 5 Keys To Having A Successful First Dental Visit For Your Child:

  • Schedule your child’s first visit by his or her 1st birthday. This is not only advice we give, but also the recommended age level from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Comfort is key to a positive first visit.
  • Children should enjoy getting to know their doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put your child at ease for future visits.
  • Prepare your child for the experience. Let your child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he or she may have. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
  • Explain the first visit in “kid” terms. Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and should refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill”.
  • Approach the first visit with education in mind. Review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program for your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

For more information about your child’s first dental visit, contact Katahdin Pediatric Dentistry at 207-942-0593 or visit them online at