Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist

 

Why should I take my child to see a dentist if the baby teeth are going to fall out anyway ?

Your child's first set of teeth - the "baby" or primary teeth - are very important. Strong, healthy primary teeth help your child chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, smile and look attractive. They also help give your child's face its shape and form. Your child's overall health can be affected if diseased and broken primary teeth are not treated early. Decay in primary teeth can affect erupting permanent teeth, too.

If a primary tooth is lost soon, your child may need to wear a space maintainer until the permanent tooth erupts.

Otherwise the teeth beside it may tilt toward the empty space. This can cause the permanent teeth to come in crooked, possibly requiring lengthy and more expensive treatment later

 
 

At what age should my child first see the dentist ?

By scheduling a visit to the dentist by your child's first birthday, you can help establish a positive relationship between your child an the dentist. In addition to checking for decay and other problems, your dentist will teach you how to properly clean your child's teeth daily, evaluate any adverse habits such as thumb sucking, and identify your child's fluoride needs. In many instances, the first dental visit is a "well-baby check up" for the teeth. By starting visits at an early age, you will help your child built a lifetime of good dental habits. 

 
 

How often should my child see a dentist ?

While there is no rule, it is generally advisable that children visit the dentist every six months. Children's needs differ, however, and your dentist is best able to suggest a schedule of visits for your child. The frequency of dental visits will partly depend on your child's eating habits; how clean his or her teeth are kept; whether your child drinks fluoridated water; and other factors that can affect your child's overall susceptibility to dental diseases.

Savings in both dollars and discomfort can be gained by preventive service such a fluoride treatments, and the application of sealants - a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth-rather than allowing decay and requiring the tooth to be restored. 

 
 

What will happen during my child's first dental visit ?

The dentist will gently examine your child's teeth and gums, checking for decay and other problems. If necessary , your child's teeth will be professionally cleaned, or follow-up appointment for cleaning may be scheduled. Your dentist also may take X-rays of your child's teeth to see whether the facial bones and teeth are developing properly and to find any hidden decay. You will also learn important home care skills to help your child's teeth stay strong and healthy.

 
 

Is there a best time of the day for my child to see the dentist ?

Many dentist prefer to see young children in the morning, when they are more rested and cooperative. Morning appointments also don't usually conflict with mealtimes or naps. Of course, you know your own child best and can schedule a time that is comfortable and convenient for you and your child.

What should I tell my child about seeing the dentist ?

Tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help them take care of their teeth. Talk about the visit is positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would about any important new experience. A visit to the dentist can be a pleasant adventure for your child.

 
 

 
 

Good oral health is essential for overall well-being. And a top priority in dentistry is helping young children get off to a good start in terms of dental health.

You can help your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles by starting dental visits early.

 
 
 
 

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