New parents often feel overwhelmed by all the responsibility that comes with a baby. The team at Pediatric Dental Center wants to help with essential early dental care.
When should you schedule your child’s first dentist appointment?
Schedule that first dentist appointment when they are one year old, or as soon as the first tooth appears.
What to expect at your child’s first dental appointment:
- You and your child will be greeted by our friendly pediatric dental team
- We will examine your child’s teeth and talk to you about your dental care practices
- A gentle, patient hygienist will clean your toddler’s teeth. Plan for 15-30 minutes of time to clean the teeth
- Expect a short demonstration on the best way to brush your child’s teeth and recommendations for flossing
- We may take X-rays to determine if there is tooth decay or any other issues
- A chance for you to ask questions about pacifier use, your youngster’s primary teeth eruption schedule, the potential need for fluoride supplementation or sealants, thumb-sucking, or medical conditions that could affect your toddler’s oral health
What to do following your child’s first appointment:
- Make sure your child’s teeth get brushed twice each day
- Make sure your son or daughter’s teeth get flossed each day
- Keep track of when your son or daughter’s first appointment was and schedule a follow-up appointment for six months later (or sooner if your pediatric dentist advises that you bring them sooner)
- Help your child with daily oral hygiene habits and set a good example of proper dental hygiene
- Make sure you are not allowing your youngster too many sugary foods or drinks, too much sugar can cause tooth decay
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