The first "regular" dental visit should be between your child's first and second birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. In some cases, we may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. In others, we may ask you to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and our doctors.
We will gently examine your child's teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child's permanent teeth under the gums), and we may clean your child's teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child's teeth.
Parents often ask what they should tell their child about their first dental visit. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child's reaction to his first visit to our dental office may pleasantly surprise you.
"First Visit" Tips:
- Take your child for a "preview" of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
During your first visit the dentist will:
- Examine your child's mouth, teeth and gums
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
- Check to see if your child needs fluoride
- Teach your child about cleaning their teeth and gums
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits
Tips for Cavity Prevention:
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing
- Watch what your child drinks
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods
- Make treats part of meals
- Choose nutritious snacks