What to Expect from My Child's First Dental Visit?
We all know that dental care is one of the most important ways for you to be a happy and healthy individual. But how soon should we start going to the dentist? If you have a young child, you might be wondering when their first dental appointment should be.
When Should My Child's First Visit to the Dentist Be?
We are often asked this question. Well, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children be seen around age one.
Tooth decay can start as soon as your child's first tooth erupts. That can lead to pain, infection, premature tooth loss. Ideally, we want your child's first experience to be when they're not in pain right now. Early examination can help identify dental or developmental issues before they become a more serious problem.
It also will help become your child, become more comfortable with our office, and teach them that going to the dentist can be a positive experience. The first appointment usually will be short and fun in the exam room. We may offer your child some sunglasses, take a ride in the chair, look for any obvious can concerns in a non-threatening environment.
We also discuss how homecare techniques, nutrition, and strategies to help your child avoid tooth decay. Afterward, children receive a special toothbrush and a toy to take home. So, having checkups at this age connects your child to a dental home that they can return to year after year. This helps us to get to know your child's needs and help them maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime.
If you have any questions about your child's dental visits or general oral health, please contact us today, or you can schedule an appointment online.