When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?
Your child’s first visit should come not too long after he or she has started developing teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child be seen for the first time within 6 months of the first tooth coming in. Depending on how advanced your child’s smile is when we first see him or her, we’re primarily looking for any developmental issues that need to be nipped in the bud early on. Otherwise, we just want to spend some time getting to know your child.
What should I expect?
Oral hygiene instructions will be provided on your child’s first visit, including a demonstration on proper toothbrushing. We will clean your son or daughter’s teeth, removing bacteria, plaque, and leftover food debris in the process. Then Dr. DeHart or Dr. Moffat will inspect each of your child’s teeth and his or her gums, assessing for any signs of decay, inflammation, or other common dental concerns. Our doctors’ extensive training has also equipped them with the ability to recognize and treat many growth and development issues at an early stage rather than waiting for more severe problems down the road. Our doctors will clearly explain to you any existing dental problems, concerns about orthodontic spacing or bite issues and will outline any proposed treatment.
How will the first visit go?
At your child’s first appointment, the dentist and the staff will give your child special attention and take time to get to know him or her. To help ease any fears your child may have, our friendly staff will explain the different dental procedures and tools in an imaginative and kid-friendly manner.
Your first visit will include
- Oral hygiene demonstration
- Tooth cleaning
- Oral examination
- Fluoride application
- X-rays (if needed)
At the end of the visit, your child will receive one of a variety of balloon animals, fabricated by our wonderful dental assistants. Our playful atmosphere and kind staff will teach your child to be comfortable with dentistry.
As your little one grows, we recommend bringing them to see us every 6 months. Regular cleanings and exams are essential for young patients. Because they’re just learning to brush, kids are incredibly vulnerable to decay and other issues. But with routine exams and cleanings, we can provide your son or daughter with extra protection.
Call Adventure Dental today to schedule a checkup for your child.