Dentistry for Children
Your child’s first visit
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. It is more educational for the parent and to screen the patient for any obvious dental problems. It also helps the child to start adapting to the dental office. Our primary goal is to get the patient off to good dental start with a positive experience.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to check for decay and to evaluate the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. Every child is different so we adapt this appointment to suit their needs.
Here are some “First Visit” tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
During your first visit the dentist will:
- Examine your mouth, teeth and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- Check to see if you need fluoride.
- Teach you about cleaning your teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand.At our office we are concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth. We will also stress good oral hygiene at home along with healthy dietary habits.