Children should have a dental care home — preferably with a pediatric dentist who specializes in the oral health of children, toddlers, and adolescents. Early childhood dental visits help a child acclimate to the dental environment and become comfortable with their oral care provider. By attending appointments on a regular basis, children learn to put a value on oral care and establish healthy habits that can last a lifetime. A toddler’s first dentist appointment is different for each child depending on a myriad of factors.
Did you know…
that despite recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to see a dentist for the first time by age one, the majority of children in the U.S. do not have a first dental appointment until long after age two? Unfortunately, waiting has its consequences. As children get older, their risk for tooth decay increases. This is easily prevented with early oral care.
Common Questions About a Child’s First Dentist Visit
What will happen during my toddler’s first dental appointment?
Your infant or toddler’s first dental appointment begins with questions about your child’s medical and oral health history. You will also be given an opportunity to discuss any questions you have as a parent or any symptoms your child may have been experiencing. It is also the time when pediatric dentists speak with parents about teething, proper brushing techniques, and avoiding beverages that contain sugar.
What if my child is older and they’ve never been to the dentist?
If you’ve never brought your child to a dentist before, now is the time. There are no worries when you visit Children’s Dentistry! We’ll get your child’s oral health back on track— no judgment here! Our offices are some of the best places for your child’s first dentist visit at any age.
Depending on your child’s age, the dentist may visually examine the teeth and gums for signs of decay or other complications. Older kids may have their teeth cleaned and x-rayed for closer examination. Dentists often use this appointment as an opportunity to speak with parents about brushing, flossing and the importance of fluoride. The dentist will then help you establish a regular schedule of oral care for your child.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Children with healthy mouths and teeth typically need to visit the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and preventative care, such as cleanings and fluoride treatments. However, your child’s dentist may recommend an alternate schedule that better accommodates your child’s needs.
How do I choose a dentist for my child?
Parents must be selective in choosing a dentist for their children. Though any dentist is capable of caring for your child’s teeth, a pediatric dentist specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents. Pediatric dentists know how to relate to children and how to make them feel comfortable in the dental chair.
Schedule Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment Today
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