"When should I take my child to the dentist for the first consultation?" is a common question that many new parents have. According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentists, children should have their first oral health checkup when their baby teeth begin to develop or by the time they reach their first birthday. Though it may seem early, this visit is necessary to confirm that your child's teeth are erupting and developing appropriately and that no signs of gum or tooth disease are present. Baby teeth can appear as early as six months, so make sure they have a dentist appointment soon.
How to Prepare for the Appointment?
To prepare your child for the appointment, talk to them about what will happen and keep a pleasant attitude. To prepare your child for when the dentist counts and checks their teeth, have them practice opening their mouth. Reading books or watching videos about first dental visits might make your kid feel more secure and less scared. Prepare a list of questions beforehand that you want to ask your dentist as they can help if your child is teething, sucking their thumb, or using a pacifier excessively.
What Should I Expect During My Child's First Dental Visit?
The dentist will examine your child's jaw and teeth to ensure that they are developing properly. If your child is unable or unwilling to sit in the dental chair alone, you will be sitting in the dental chair with your child on your lap for the session. The dentist will examine the mouth for any injuries, cavities, or other problems. After that portion of the test is through, the dentist will clean your child's teeth and provide you advice on how to care for them on a daily basis. Don't be concerned if your child cries or wiggles during the exam. It's natural, and our dental team understands that this is your child's first dental visit.
Some More Tips
- Scheduling an appointment during naptime is not a good idea. Choose a time when your kid is normally well-rested and cooperative instead.
- Before your child's checkup, make sure they have had a small lunch and brushed their teeth so they won't be hungry.
- Consider the appointment as a positive and enjoyable experience. If your child becomes agitated during the appointment, talk with your dentist to help them relax.
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.