A child should see a dentist by the age of one or within six months of the eruption of their first teeth. Many kids are prone to developing dental illness at a very young age. So it is better to take proper care right from the beginning.
What Happens at the First Dental Visit?
A child's first visit to the dentist is usually short and includes little treatment. This appointment allows your kid to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and welcoming environment. Some dentists will invite the parent to sit in the dental chair with their child while the examination is performed. The parent may also be asked to wait in the reception area for a portion of the visit to form a bond for your child and the dentist.
The dentist will check all of your child's existing teeth for decay and search for any potential abnormalities with the gums, jaw, or oral tissues throughout the examination. If necessary, the dentist will clean any teeth and determine whether fluoride is required. They will also teach you about basic oral health care for your children and answer any questions you may have.
The following are some of the topics a dentist may discuss with you:
- Good oral hygiene practices
- Cavity prevention
- The need for fluoride
- Habits of the mouth (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking)
- A healthy diet
- Regular dental visits.
Many dentists recommend seeing a child every six months to increase the child's comfort and confidence in going to the dentist, monitor the growth of the teeth, and treat any potential problems as soon as possible.
How Should You Prepare?
Children have an extraordinary ability to pick up on their parent's emotions, so if you're anxious about going to the dentist, try not to show it. During this visit, we'll mostly be talking to you and your child, examining their mouths, and assessing their dental health. It's better to let your child know what to expect well ahead of time.
It's a good idea to carry a comforting toy, a snack, and an extra diaper or two with you when you come in. If feasible, leave other children at home so that we may focus on the new patient or bring another adult so that you can focus on your child's dental health. Filling out documents beforehand can also save time and effort on the day of the appointment.
Please reach out to Persimmon Dental Care in Dublin, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (925) 999-8282 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.