At what age should my child first see a dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child have their first exam by their first birthday. The earlier you begin the better chance your child has to prevent problems. In addition to checking for decay and other problems we will teach you how to properly clean your child’s teeth daily and will evaluate your child’s teeth for supplemental fluoride needs. By starting dental visits at an early age, you’ll be helping your child build a lifetime of good dental habits
What will happen during my child’s first dental visit?
At your child’s first visit we will thoroughly explain each of our procedures to your child in terms that can be easily understood before we do it. A full examination of the teeth and gums will be done. The occlusion (bite) will be evaluated and the teeth cleaned. Radiographs (x-rays) will be taken if necessary to check for normal development and hidden decay between the teeth. You will also learn important preventative home skills to help your child’s teeth stay strong and healthy. Following the exam, we will discuss any future treatment needs. Any questions you may have pertaining to the plan of treatment can be answered at this time.