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27Jun2013

What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dental Visit

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE BABY TEETH ARE NOT IMPORTANT because they’re temporary. Not only is that incorrect, it can be dangerous. The health of baby teeth can affect permanent teeth, not to mention speech and jaw development.

To better ensure good oral health, you and your child should come in and visit with us.

When Should A Child First Visit The Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says “first visit by first birthday.” Some experts recommend visiting the dentist within 6 months of the arrival of your child’s first tooth. If you have questions or concerns before either of these times, don’t hesitate to call.

What To Expect At The First Visit

  • Our hygienist will clean your child’s teeth and apply a fluoride preparation.
  • We’ll examine your child’s teeth, gums, jaw, and bite.
  • Our team will visit with you about age-specific dental health tips for your child.
  • Your child can watch TV while we take care of his or her teeth.
  • We will answer any and all of your questions.

Ways To Make Your Child Feel Safe And Comfortable

Sometimes, a first time dental visit can be challenging for a little one. You can help us ensure your child’s visit is comfortable by following some tips:

  • Consider playing “open your mouth so I can count your teeth” with your child at home. This may help remove fear.
  • Stay with your child throughout the visit. If necessary, you may need to hold your child during the exam.
  • Bring an extra diaper and snack, a favorite toy, blanket, or another familiar object. This may help your child feel more comfortable and safe.
  • It may be best not to bring other children along for the first visit.

We’re Here To Help

We’re here to help you help your child. If you have any questions please send them our way. You can call us or reach out to us on Facebook. We’re excited to join forces to make sure your child has excellent oral health.

We appreciate your trust in our practice!

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