When you have your babies their first for everything is a time to celebrate. Remember the first time they said “mama” or “dada?” You still probably look back at the video of their first steps with great fondness. These events surprised you one day, probably with no warning or planning. One first you can plan for is your little one’s first dental visit. When should this first visit happen?
As a general rule, your child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday. This early age might surprise you, however studies have shown that preschool-aged children are getting more cavities. Children can get cavities as early as age two.
During this visit with your little one you can expect to discuss how to care for your infant’s or toddler’s mouth, proper use of fluoride, oral habits such as finger and thumb sucking, teething and milestones of development and the important link between their diet and oral health. The dentist will also evaluate the level of risks and needs for your child, and offer a plan for future visits and follow-up.
You can begin preparing your child for their first visit before they enter the office. There are many children’s picture books that discuss dentists and their offices. Take your little one to their older sibling’s appointments to watch and learn proper behavior, and to begin to build a relationship with the dentist and hygienists. Usually, at the first appointment, there is paperwork that needs to be filled out. When you call to make that initial appointment, find out if you can fill out the information on-line, or through the mail beforehand, so you can focus on the needs of your child while at the dentist.
When considering the right dentist for your little one, be sure to choose a family dental practice like Mendota Springs Dentistry. The advantages to this type of dentistry are recommended over specific dental practices that only treat certain age brackets. At Mendota Springs Dentistry we evaluate all members of your family, and can spot tendencies based on each members’ history. We make your entire family’s dental experience a pleasant one.
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