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What should I bring to my child’s first dentist appointment?

Your child's first dental visit should be by the first birthday. This is generally a wellness checkup of your baby's mouth. You should bring a list of questions with you. Your dentist can answer these questions, as well as educate you on the best ways to keep your baby's mouth healthy. You may also want to bring a pen and paper to write down these tips and suggested products.

Aside from toys to keep your baby occupied in the waiting room, you don’t need to bring anything to your child’s first dentist appointment. Your dentist will provide any tools that are necessary to teach you how to care for your child’s new teeth. More than likely, the appointment will consist of a quick oral exam and a brief tutorial on brushing baby teeth and gums. Dentists generally recommend a soft toothbrush or a soft cloth with a little bit of water to keep baby teeth clean.

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