YOUR CHILD'S FIRST DENTAL VISIT
When should my child first see a dentist?
It is highly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association that a child should see a dentist by his or her 1st birthday. “First visit by first birthday” is a good rule of thumb. We recommend your child visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age.
We recommend early examination and preventive care to protect your child's teeth and build a positive relationship. We know dental problems can begin at a very young age. We would like to prevent early childhood caries (baby bottle caries), gum irritations, and prolonged habits. Deciduous (baby) teeth hold the space for permanent teeth. Our goal is to create a dental home for your child to develop good dental habits that will last a lifetime.
Why so early?
How should I prepare myself and my child for our first visit?
You're child is very perceptive our your body language and tone of voice. It's important for you to act as relaxed as possible. Your child may cry or be nervous, but you should reassure them. Let them know the dentist is here to take care of their teeth and mouth. Most likely the first visit will be a positive one. For your convenience, please fill out the online forms or print and fill them out prior to your visit.
We still recommend you act the same if your child is any age. Most importantly we recommend you avoid using the words "hurt", "pain", "shot", "needle", "pull", or "drill". These words may cause an unnecessary fear of the dental office and dentist. Our office practices using words that are less frightening and unpleasant, but deliver the same message. Ask us for a list of these words if you would like be prepared for your visit.
What if my child is older?
What can we expect on the first visit?
We would like to schedule the visit earlier in the day when your child is well rested. We will first introduce you to the office and enter the treatment area. Please bring your child's favorite toy or blanket to keep them comfortable during the visit. We will review your child's medical history and answer any questions you may have. We will count your child's teeth, check for cavities and gum disease, and check your child's bite. We will then clean their teeth and teach you the best way to take care of their oral health needs.
Proper oral hygiene and home care to protect your child's teeth and gums.
We will discuss how fluoride helps protect teeth from cavities.
Developmental Milestones and oral habits like finger or thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking, etc. When and why to stop these habits.
Teething and nutrition for good oral and general health.
Scheduling of future dental check-ups. Generally we recommend every 6 months to monitor development of the teeth and jaws, treat developing dental problems, and increase your child's comfort in the dental office.