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When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Dental Appointment?

Aug 30, 2018 12:03PM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: ABC Pediatric Dentistry

The reason for your child’s first visit by age one, even though few teeth will be present at this time, is to establish a dental home in case of emergencies, but more importantly for you to spend time with the dentist and staff to learn how to be taking care of your child’s newly erupting teeth in an effort to hopefully minimize or avoid getting cavities.

At your infant’s first dental visit the dentist will spend time with you and your child learning about what your hopes are for your child’s dental health and how your dentist and you can work together to accomplish that goal. The dentist and dental team will discuss the medical history of your little one and the dental history of your child and those in your family. A history may affect your child’s future dental health and development. The dental team can:

·         Demonstrate proper age-appropriate tooth-brushing techniques

·         Evaluate your child’s risk for developing cavities in the future

·         Evaluate the teeth, enamel, jaws and soft tissue of your child’s mouth

·          Share information regarding future teeth eruption, any habits that may affect your child’s teeth such as thumb sucking or pacifier use, injury prevention, the effects of diet on your child’s teeth and much more.

The dental team may perform a cleaning and possibly apply a cavity-preventing fluoride treatment.

At your child’s first dental visit, you and your child’s new dentist can create a plan intended to keep your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy teeth and a beautiful smile!