A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. The best thing to do to start their dental journey off happily is to make the first visit as positive as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know Dr. Denise and staff and be comfortable at all times.
If their first visit is comfortable then they are more likely to be comfortable in future visits as well. Open communication is key, let them know that they can discuss any fears they may have and Dr. Denise and Staff will do everything possible to explain everything in detail and answer any questions he/she may have.
Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “drill” or “hurt.” We have our own terminology that was designed to be fun yet still explain what we’re going to do without being too scary for the child. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office.
We will do a comprehensive examination while your child thinks we are “counting teeth” and we will discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
Adopting healthy oral hygiene habits
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes his or her teeth after feeding or eating. If your child tends to fall asleep while nursing or drinking from a bottle or sippy cup, you should wipe the gums and teeth with a wet washcloth to clean the teeth every single time.
We recommend brushing two times a day for optimal oral hygiene. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics, children younger than three should only use a smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives.
For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your dentist or other healthcare professional. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.
Get regular checkups to prevent tooth decay
Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason; many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Proper brushing and flossing, avoiding sugary food and drinks, combined with regular dental visits will help keep tooth decay away.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups.