It can be such an exciting time when a child’s first dental appointment rolls around. Of course, there are certain nerve-wracking aspects to it as well. However, it can be a fun and rewarding experience both for a child and their parents.
When Should Their First Visit Be?
Delta Dental states that “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.” Of course, if there are any concerns before then, it’s perfectly normal to bring them in before teeth are showing as well. Even if children don’t have any teeth, their oral care should still be of concern. Massaging their gums and even brushing their gums with an appropriate toothbrush is great preparation for their teeth to come in. It keeps any bacteria build up away from those new teeth trying to make their way in. This provides for a smoother process.
What Will Be Covered in A Child’s First Visit?
Most likely, not much will occur in the first visit. The first visit is more for making sure your child is starting on a solid path for oral hygiene. The dental professional will check the child’s gums and teeth for decay or buildup. If he/she feels the need for fluoride treatment, that is administered in the office and is a quick and easy process. If any cleaning needs to occur, this can also be a quick and easy process and is conducted right in the office.
The biggest aspect of a child’s first visit is getting to meet their dentist in a more relaxed manner. This will make for a pleasant memory of the dentist, resulting in more comfortable visits in the future. The dentist will also explain the importance of oral hygiene to parents. This will ensure they are comfortable with and understand, what their child needs moving forward.
The Importance of Keeping Baby Teeth Healthy
It’s been said countless times that baby teeth are no big deal because they will just be replaced. This isn’t true at all. Baby teeth are very important, especially where development is concerned. Delta Dental states that baby teeth are important for, helping children learn how to chew properly which is connected to good nutrition. They go on to explain those baby teeth are connected to speech development, saving space for permanent teeth, as well as promotes a healthy smile that boosts a child’s confidence.
Here at Kidtastic, we like to make your child’s first, and every visit, comfortable and memorable. That first visit can be a deciding factor, both for children, and parents. We care about your child’s oral health and we know you do too. Schedule a visit today, or if you have questions, give us a call.