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Your Child's First Visit

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When Should Your Child Visit Our Office?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child’s first dental appointment should occur after their first primary (baby) tooth erupts. We typically recommend scheduling the visit within six months of their first tooth or by their first birthday.

When infants are born, they typically have 20 primary teeth underneath the gums. Although these teeth eventually fall out, they play an important role in your child’s oral health. Any problems with the primary teeth may affect the way their permanent ones erupt.

Your child’s initial appointment allows us to catch early development issues with their teeth, gums, and jaws. Many of these development issues are easier to treat in the beginning stages. Dr. Claire Escario is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat most of these problems.

Our Tips for a Positive Experience

There are a few steps you can take as a parent to ensure a smooth visit. Our tips include:
•  If possible, schedule the appointment when your child is rested and cooperative. For many children a morning appointment is ideal.
•  Keep a positive attitude. Kids can pick up on your fear or anxiety. Keeping a positive attitude can teach your child that there is no need to fear the dentist.
•  Schedule the appointment by their first birthday. The goal is to establish a foundation of proper early health early on, before problems occur. With good oral hygiene, this foundation can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth.
•  Never use a trip to the dentist as a threat or punishment. We want your child to view the dentist as a positive experience.

Schedule an Appointment

If your child needs pediatric dental care, you have come to the right place. Call 571-833-0344 to schedule their first appointment now!
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10050 Sowder Village Square
Manassas, Virginia 20109



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