First-Time Dental Visit for Children

A child’s first-time dental visit will look slightly different than an adult visit. If this is their very first dental visit, a dentist will ask a lot of questions and examine the mouth rather than do a dental cleaning. This will be a great opportunity to ask your dentist questions about how to care for your child’s dental health.

Dentists recommend children go to the dentist within 6 months of getting their first teeth, or by the time they are one year old. As an infant, they will only receive an oral exam. Once they’re old enough, their visit will include:

  • An oral exam
  • Two bitewing x-rays instead of four (usually at 5-6 years old)
  • A child cleaning (similar to an adult cleaning)

The cost of a child's first-time dental visit will differ depending on the dentist you choose.

General Dentist

most likely the dentist you visit regularly. At this dentist, you will find the most savings for your plan.

Pediatric Dentist

a dentist who specializes in children's dental care. This dentist is a specialist. You will receive 20% off their prices at your visit.

Below are two sample bills for a child’s first-time dental visit using the Careington Care 500 plan. The first is a bill for a general dentist and the second is at a pediatric dentist (specialist). This child is at least 5 years old because dental x-rays have been included on the bill.

To see exact savings in your area at a general dentist, visit our fee schedule and enter your zip code

To see exact savings in your area at a general dentist, visit our fee schedule and enter your zip code

Above is a sample bill at a pediatric dentist. With our specialists, you will receive a 20% discount off their dental prices. It may vary by dentist based on their specific prices. It’s less savings than you would find at a general dentist, but still significant as you can see.

Specialists are anyone beyond a general dentist. They specialize in the areas given. For example, a pediatric dentist specializes in children’s dental care.

Call the pediatric dentist you have in mind and tell them you have the Careington Care 500 plan to learn exact pricing in your area.