Children deserve to have quality dental care to keep their smiles healthy, bright and full. As a new parent, you want to make sure that your child is receiving great care when it is needed. You might be bringing your child to all of their doctor’s visits, but you haven’t yet brought them to a dentist and are wondering when the best time to bring them would be.
<b>When Should You Bring Your Child in For Their First Dental Visit?</b>
It’s often recommended to bring your child in for their first dental visit as soon as you notice their baby teeth beginning to come in. This is a time when we can help you to adopt healthy hygiene habits for your child as well as monitor the growth and development of their primary (baby) teeth. However, most parents aren’t aware that they need to bring their children in this early for the first appointment. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for parents to bring their child in for the first appointment around the time their child is roughly two to three years old. It is never too late to get children in for comprehensive dental care and to start developing better oral hygiene habits with the help of dental professionals.
<b>What to Expect at the First Visit</b>
Your child’s first visit will typically involve a cleaning and an exam. Your child can sit on your lap while we examine their teeth and gums. The cleaning is done quickly, yet effectively to remove buildup from their teeth. The exam allows us to check for cavities as well as any other intraoral problems that your child might be experiencing. For older kids, we will take x-rays to help in identifying hard-to-spot cavities and underlying permanent teeth.
<b>How to Make the First Visit as Stress-Free as Possible</b>
It is essential that you make your child’s first dental visit fun and entertaining. This will help to prevent them from being scared or nervous to visit the dentist in the future. It’s important to avoid any scary dental-related language and to try to hone in on the importance of a healthy, clean smile. We are here to ensure that their first visit is as comfortable and relaxed as possible, and we use kid-friendly dental terminology whenever possible.
If you’d like to bring your child in for their first dental visit, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and personable staff members to schedule an appointment.