Dentists today generally recommend that you bring your child into the dental office for their first visit by the age of 1 or within 6 months after their first tooth erupts from the gums. When you bring your child in, you can expect that little treatment will be provided. Your child’s first visit is to help your child get associated with the dental office, dentist, and dental team. The earlier they come in for their first visit, the more comfortable they will feel in the dental chair further down the road.
During the appointment, your dentist might ask you to sit in the dental chair with your child throughout the exam. You might also be asked to wait in the waiting room so the dentist can create a relationship with your child. When your child is ready for the exam, the dentist will check your child’s teeth, bite, and jaw. If necessary, the dentist or hygienist will clean your child’s teeth and provide a fluoride treatment.
To help your child grow into a healthy and stunning smile, your dentist might also discuss a variety of dental topics with you, including:
• How to teach your child about oral hygiene
• What oral hygiene routine your child needs to use each day
• How to satisfy your child’s fluoride needs
• How to deal with oral habits, like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
• Developmental milestones
• Your child’s next appointments
• The best foods and drinks for your child and their teeth
If you would like to learn more about your child’s first dental visit with us, we invite you to call our office today. We look forward to working with your child!