When should my child first see the dentist?
Although it may seem very early, we, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children be first seen by the dentist by their first birthday or after the appearance of their first tooth (whichever comes first.) At this time, we will be able to conduct an examination of your child’s mouth and teeth, discuss healthy dietary habits and patterns, and (if we haven’t already done so, with previous family members of yours,) we can explain and demonstrate proper home care and cleaning techniques. In doing so, we will begin the ongoing relationship with you and your child and will e able to establish a “dental home” for your child for further preventative care, potential treatment, and any possible emergencies that may occur.
When and what is my child's first "regular" visit?
The first "regular" dental visit should be just after your child's third birthday. 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). 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. Call today and discover the new face of pediatric dentistry.
How should I prepare my child for the first dental visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first hair-cut or trip to the shoe store. This will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. You cannot hide your anxiety from a child (they have radar for these things). Have fun going through it with your child. Your child's reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.