We pride ourselves on being a family dentist, providing gentle care for our patients of all ages. Children over one year-old, or whose first teeth have grown in, should come for regular pediatric dentistry appointments at our office. In our extensive experience treating and caring for the oral health of our young patients, we have learned to effectively work with children and their needs.
Our office is committed to making each and every patient feel at ease during each visit, and it is particularly important for us to make our young patients comfortable. In doing so, we help encourage them to see their dentist regularly when they become adults. That is why we always see to it that our office is relaxing and welcoming especially for the little ones.
The American Dental Association recommends that the first dental visit should be before a child’s first birthday, or within 6 months after their first tooth comes out, whichever comes first.
Regular dental visits during the childhood years can help them enjoy better dental health when they grow older. Potential problems can be avoided or mitigated. A common misconception is that tooth decay in baby teeth doesn’t need to be addressed because they will be replaced by permanent teeth. In fact, tooth decay in baby teeth makes it more likely for their permanent teeth to become damaged as well.
We also know that if they learn to develop good oral health practices as children, it will continue well into their adulthood.
Preparing for Your Child’s First Visit
While babies may not be anxious about their first visit to the dentist, older children may be somewhat nervous and afraid. It’s actually quite common.
However, you can assuage their concerns by telling them of your own positive experiences in the dental office. Perhaps you can find reading materials designed to help introduce your children to our office. You can also show our website to your child, as a sort of a virtual tour of our office.
What to Expect During the Visit
During your child’s first visit, the dentist will do the ff:
- Thoroughly examine the mouth, teeth, and gums
- See if your child needs fluoride treatment
- Monitor for negative habits such as thumb sucking
- Educate your child on proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Plan a schedule for regular dental checkups in the future