Child's first dental visit: everything you need to know

A child’s first dental visit is an important milestone in their life. Likewise, it is a crucial opportunity to establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

At Centre Dentaire Fairmount, we understand the importance of making this first experience a positive and educational one for both parents and kids. Often, parents feel unsure about when the first visit should be and what to expect during it.

In this article, we will address these concerns. We will also provide you with all the necessary information so that you can prepare your child effectively. This way we ensure that your child’s first dental visit is an enjoyable and beneficial experience. 

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From the right time to schedule the visit to the steps to follow during the consultation, we will guide you through the entire process. Additionally, during your pediatric dentistry appointment in Montréal we will offer you practical advice to help your child feel comfortable and reduce any potential anxiety.

Let’s start building a solid foundation for a healthy and happy smile!

When should the first visit to the dentist be?

According to the Quebec Order of Dentists and the Canadian Dental Association it is recommended that a child’s first visit to the dentist occur around the child’s first birthday or when her first tooth appears, whichever comes first.

This early visit is essential to establishing a solid foundation for good dental health throughout life.

What to expect during the first visit?

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At Centre Dentaire Fairmount, our goal is to make the first visit as enjoyable and educational as possible. Here are some key points of what you can expect:

1. Introduction and familiarization

The first visit is an opportunity for the child to become familiar with the dental environment. Therefore, our friendly and professional team will ensure that the child feels safe and comfortable.

2. Review of medical history

The dentist will then review the child’s medical and dental history. This includes any concerns or medical conditions that may affect her oral health.

3. Dental examination

During this visit, the dentist will examine the child’s teeth, gums, and jaw. This is to identify any signs of cavities, bite problems or any other condition that requires attention.

4. Gentle cleansing and fluoride

If necessary, a gentle cleaning will be performed during your first visit to the dentist to remove any plaque or tartar. A fluoride treatment may also be applied to help protect the child’s teeth from cavities.

5. Education and advice

Our dentist will provide advice on appropriate oral hygiene. This includes proper brushing and flossing technique. The importance of a balanced diet to maintain good dental health will also be discussed.

Child's first dental visit benefits

  • Prevention of dental problems

Early dental visits help identify and prevent dental problems before they become more serious.

  • Education for parents and children

Parents will receive valuable information about children’s dental care and how to encourage good oral hygiene habits from an early age.

  • Reduction of fear of the dentist

Becoming familiar with the dental environment from a young age can help reduce the fear and anxiety associated with visits to the dentist.

Tips for a successful visit

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Below, we have some very important tips for your child’s first dental visit becomes a unique experience for him or her. Follow them and you will see how well they will do during their visit.

  • Talk positively

Talk to your child about visiting the dentist in a positive way and avoid using words that might scare them, such as “pain” or “injection.”

  • Play the dentist

Before the visit, play the dentist with your child. Use a toothbrush to “examine” his teeth and show him how to open his mouth.

  • Schedule a morning visit

Children tend to be more rested and cooperative in the morning, which can make the visit more successful.


At Centre Dentaire Fairmount, we are committed to the health and well-being of children. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your child’s first dental visit, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you take care of your entire family’s smiles!

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions and answers about your child's first dental visit

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time around their first birthday or when their first tooth appears, whichever comes first.

Talk positively about the dentist and avoid using words that might scare the child. Play the dentist at home so your child becomes familiar with what will happen during the visit. It is also helpful to schedule the appointment in the morning when children tend to be more rested and cooperative.

Familiarize your child with the dental environment by playing the dentist at home and reading children’s books about visits to the dentist. Reward your child with small incentives for behaving well during the visit and maintain a positive and calm attitude.

Make sure your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and a grain-of-rice-sized amount of toothpaste. Additionally, encourage flossing once two teeth touch and limit intake of sugary foods and beverages.

Yes, baby teeth are important for a child’s overall oral health. They help maintain space for permanent teeth and play a crucial role in chewing and speaking. Taking good care of baby teeth helps ensure a healthy smile in the future.

Dr. Audrey Elmoznino
Dentist at Centre Dentaire Fairmount | Website | + posts

With 25 years of dedicated experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Audrey is known for her patience and compassion when working with children. She values the importance of building trust through interaction and strives to create a special bond with her young patients. With Dr. Audrey, children are not afraid to visit her because she strives to create a friendly and educational environment. From the waiting room to the dental chair, at the clinic we ensure that every step of the process is positive and educational for children and young people, promoting healthy habits and a positive relationship with oral health.