Children's First Dental Visit
If you are a parent, you probably have so many questions about how to keep your child safe and healthy. One of the first steps you should take to make sure your child is on the right track for a lifetime of healthy teeth is to make sure they get their first dental visit.
When Should a Child’s First Dental Visit Be?
Your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, usually between 6 and 12 months of age. The initial visit is important because it can help prevent problems from developing and get your child used to visit the dentist.
A dental exam can help detect any problems early on and help prevent future problems that may occur.
What if You Think Your Baby Has a Dental Problem?
If you think your baby has a dental problem, you should schedule an appointment with their pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Call your dentist if your infant or toddler has symptoms such as:
* Tooth sensitivity to cold or sweets
* Tooth discolouration that doesn’t go away when you wipe the tooth with a clean, damp washcloth
* Swelling in the mouth or face
If you cannot get in right away, the best thing to do is call your doctor or another healthcare provider for advice and recommendations on what steps need to be taken next.
If your baby has already had his/her first dental checkup, but you’re concerned about something else, such as cavities or tooth decay, then it’s important that they get another one done before they turn two years old. This is so that they don’t experience any additional pain from these kinds of conditions later in life.
What Happens During The First Dental Checkup?
When it comes time to take your child in for their first dental appointment, there are a few things that you’ll need to do beforehand. Take a bath or shower (if possible) before arriving at the dentist’s office. Make sure all of their teeth are brushed and flossed and that they don’t eat anything.
During the first dental visit, the dentist will clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride that will protect against cavities. They’ll also examine your child’s mouth and jaw for any problems or irregularities.
How Do You Handle An Uncooperative Child?
If your child is uncooperative during the appointment—and that’s very likely—your dentist will be understanding and work with them to try and get them to cooperate. If things get too unruly, however, the dentist will schedule another appointment for another day. Don’t worry about any of this—you want the best for your child, and so does the dentist!
The most important thing is that you take care of your child’s oral health from an early age so they can have healthy teeth for years to come.