Your child’s first visit to the dentist sets the stage for the rest of his or her life. If the visit is a positive one, it will be easy to get the child to come back. If it is a bad experience, the child may hate to go to the dentist throughout their life.
A child should see a dentist for the first time when they have their first tooth, called the first eruption. As the child gains baby teeth, the jaw and gum tissue are being formed as well. This sets the foundation for when the child gets their adult teeth. If these tissues are not properly developed, the child may have dental, gum and jaw problems for their entire life.
By addressing any misalignment, biting problems, improper tooth development during early formation, these problems can be addressed and in most cases corrected before they become larger issues later in life. Furthermore, a primary goal of an early examination is to establish a healthy prevention program for your child. The American Dental Association recommends children to be seen shortly after the first tooth erupts, between age 6 months and 1 year of age.
During your child’s first visit, our Dentists will do several things including:
- Review the medical and dental histories
- Give a complete oral exam to check growth and development, as well as oral hygiene, injuries, cavities, or other problems
- Determine your child’s risk of developing tooth decay
- Clean the teeth and provide suggestions for daily care
- Review feeding practices and diet that may lead to tooth decay
- Discuss treatment if needed and schedule the next check up