Your Child’s First Visit
At what age should children have their first visit to a pediatric dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend an early dental visit for your infant at age of twelve months. Today, 8% of our nation’s infants and toddlers have “Early Childhood Caries”, formerly called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Waiting until age three for the first dental visit is too late because the research shows that almost 18% of three your olds already have more than one cavity.
What happens during the dental visit?
First time oral health visits are primarily used to assess your child’s risk for dental disease, begin a dental preventive program and determine the most appropriate dental appointment schedule for your child.
During your child’s first visit, Dr. Johnson will:
- Review your child’s medical and dental history.
- Evaluate your child’s oral hygiene.
- Examine your child’s mouth.
- Obtain appropriate dental radiographs.
- Explain age-appropriate oral hygiene techniques.
- Recommend a preventive protocol.
How should I prepare my child’s for the first dental appointment?
Parents as well as children, can be apprehensive about the first dental visit. Try not to make a big deal out of the dental visit and refrain from using any negative words like “hurt, shot, needle, or drill”. We are experienced in dealing with children and will explain procedures in a positive and pleasant manner.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Read stories to your child about the dentist.
- Play ‘dentist’ with your child at home. Pretend that you are counting their teeth the switch roles and let your child be the ‘dentist’.
- Please do not convey your anxiety about the dental visit to you child.
- Make sure your child is well rested before the dental appointment.
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