When should I schedule my baby’s first visit?
The sooner you start taking your child to the dentist, the sooner they will begin to understand the importance of dental health! Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that your baby’s first dental visit occurs by age 1 or six months after the arrival of their first tooth, whichever happens first.
How can I prepare for my child’s first dental visit?
Good dental health and education start at home! You can prepare your child for their dental visit by explaining to them that the dentist will be cleaning their teeth. They may want to bring something to keep them comfortable or distracted like headphones or a stuffed animal. If it’s your baby’s first visit, make sure you schedule the appointment for a time when they will be awake and alert. Come prepared to discuss your child’s medical history as well as any questions or concerns you have for the dentist.
What can I expect at my baby’s first visit?
We are committed to serving our youngest patients, and we are excited to watch them develop beautiful bright smiles! At your first visit, we will discuss nutrition, oral hygiene, breaking oral habits such as pacifier use or thumb sucking, and what to expect for your child’s smile in the years to come. We provide quality treatment and prevention guidance to suit your child’s individual needs.
What to expect at your child or teen’s first visit?
Around here it’s not just about your child’s health history or past dental experiences— we get to know your child. We want to know your reasons for coming to see us, and your goals for your child’s smile. The earlier we can earn your child’s trust, the better. You and your child will receive a thorough consultation with plenty of time to ask our team questions. At your child’s visit we will outline any existing dental problems, any orthodontic needs, recommend how often routine visits should occur, and review proposed treatment including a pre-estimate of all costs. Oral hygiene instructions will be given with practical advice that helps you and your child care for their mouth.
Protecting your child’s teeth at home
Your child’s dental care starts even before their teeth come in! Before the teeth erupt, use a damp cloth to clean the gums. Once teeth are coming in, a soft-bristle toothbrush can be used to clean the teeth. Prevent tooth decay by limiting the amount of time your child spends with a bottle, and don’t give them any sweetened liquid before bedtime. Remember, the health of your child’s baby teeth can affect the health of their permanent teeth, so it’s important to start good dental habits as soon as possible.
Dr. Michelle Anderson is a pediatric dentist board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.