WHEN SHOULD YOUR CHILD FIRST VISIT THE DENTIST?
The American Dental Association recommends that parents bring their child to the dentist by their first birthday, or as soon as the first tooth appears. The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EARLY DENTAL VISITS?
Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues. The dentist will make sure their teeth and jaw are developing the way they should, as well as mouth injuries or other issues.
It’s also very important to keep “baby teeth,” or primary teeth, in place until they are lost naturally. Children with healthy primary teeth generally have an easier time with speech development, chewing food and retaining nutrients. If the pediatric dentist finds that your child has a cavity, sealants and fluoride applications can protect teeth from additional decay.
DENTAL FEAR AND ANXIETY
Dental fear and anxiety usually begin during childhood and tend to worsen with time if not addressed early. This is why your child’s first dental visit is so important.
Our dentists want to help your child build a strong foundation for oral health. They do this by talking to your child about their oral health in a way they understand. Our entire team also goes above and beyond to make sure your child always feels comfortable and safe.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THEIR FIRST DENTIST VISIT?
You want to make sure your child feels as comfortable and safe as possible. The best way to do this is to remain calm yourself and avoid using any words that may frighten your child. It’s important that you set an example for your child and act relaxed and even excited about going to the dentist. They will pick up on your positive outlook of the dentist and probably react similarly. Some books are available for children to read about the dental experience so they know what to expect when they visit the dentist for the first time.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A CHILD’S FIRST DENTIST APPOINTMENT?
- Diagnose oral diseases.
- Promote oral health for children and adolescents(healthy, sick or those with disabilities)
- Formulate treatment plans to restore oral health of pediatric patients.
- Interpret x-rays and diagnostic tests.
- Monitor growth and development of the teeth and jaws.
- Correct malocclusion through interceptive orthodontic treatment.
- Perform surgical procedures on the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity.
- Treat dental caries and odontogenic infection.
- Manage dental trauma, including fractured, displaced, and knock-out teeth.
- Treat pediatric patients under various stages of sedation (minimal, moderate, or deep).
There for, regular checkups in early childhood—in addition to good dental hygiene habits taught at home—help ensure that your kids will stay healthy throughout their lives. With healthy teeth are happier overall, perform better in school and have higher self-esteem.