New parents experience so many new things it can all be overwhelming. One of the most common questions we hear from parents is regarding visiting the dentist. After all, if a child doesn’t have teeth, why should they see a dentist. While this makes sense at first, you’ll find that dental care is about more than teeth. It’s about everything from the tongue to the gums to the lips and cheeks.
When should my baby see the dentist?
According to the American Dental Association children should see a dentist within six months of their first tooth coming in. This is usually around age one. By getting your child to the dentist at this time you’re ensuring they’ve got a good foundation for great oral health.
How do I find the right dentist?
Choosing a dentist to treat your child is not something to take lightly. It’s important that you read a dentist’s reviews, talk to other parents, and visit the dentist you are interested in. You’ll want to choose someone with extensive experience with children as well as someone who can make you feel comfortable and at ease.
What happens during the first dental visit?
The first dental visit is often brief and simply there to create an opportunity for the child to meet the dentist. They can get to know the dentist and you have the chance to see how your child responds to the dentist. If they don’t like him or her you know to move on to someone else.
If your child is particularly wiggly we might ask that you sit in the chair with them so that they feel comfortable and the doctor can examine their mouth. During this exam we’re looking for signs of decay or issues with the alignment of your child’s gums. We also look at the child’s overall health.
One of the best things about this visit is that it helps to create a baseline so that there’s a starting point that can be referenced.
What should I talk to my dentist about?
We expect parents to come to their child’s first appointment with a lot of questions. We welcome you to ask anything that is on your mind. This might include questions about brushing routines, diet, and habits like thumb sucking.
We can provide helpful tips of how to get your child to enjoy nutritious meals so their teeth have the best chance at being healthy.
Give us a call to learn more about how we can serve your pediatric dentistry needs. We cater to both children, as well as nervous parents who are simply looking to provide their child with great care.