As a parent, there’s likely nothing quite as important to you as your child’s health. But there are often so many questions to answer and things to consider, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.
The team at the Marconi Dental Group is here to help!
When Should My Child Have Their First Visit to the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children receive their first dental checkup by age one. You may wonder if that’s a bit early – especially if your child only has a few teeth. But there are important reasons to bring your child in for that first visit.
For one, by taking your child to the dentist at an early age, you teach your child that oral health and hygiene are important. The doctor will help make sure that you are using the right oral hygiene techniques. In turn, as you train your children in these techniques, you prepare them for a lifetime of the best oral health possible.
And we’ll make sure to make your child’s first visit a pleasant one.
An additional benefit of an early visit is your child’s dentist has a chance to look for early signs of developmental problems or cavities. Identifying these problems now can prevent major headaches in the future.
The Day of the Visit
A day or two before the visit, start building anticipation with your child. With a smile and warm tone of voice, tell them that soon they will get a chance to visit the special doctor who helps them to have healthy teeth.
You can detail exactly what to expect during that first appointment, which will include:
- Meeting the dentist who will explain what he or she does using colorful pictures
- An oral exam, by means of which the dentist will gently check your child’s mouth to make sure everything looks ok
Feel free to also bring a toy or snack along to help put your child at ease.
What to Expect
During the exam, the dentist will gently probe your child’s mouth to make sure there are no signs of decay and that the teeth and jaw are developing properly. He or she will also look for any warning signs of disease.
Finally, your child’s dentist will share helpful tips to ensure your child’s mouth stays healthy moving forward.
For example, you’ll find out:
- How the right diet and proper oral hygiene habits promote oral health
- Whether or not additional treatments (such as fluoride) are recommended
- Proper cleaning and brushing technique, and tips to make brushing more fun for your child
Of course, at the end of your visit we’ll answer any of your questions and address any concerns you have about your child’s oral health.
Have you already scheduled your child’s first dental visit? If not, why not contact us today?
After all, there’s nothing more important than your child’s health – and we at the Marconi Dental Group are here to help.