YOUR CHILD’S FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and is our way of getting to know your child. Typically scheduled with one of our hygienists first, our goal is to make it a fun experience and get your child used to dental examinations and preventive care. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. We welcome questions.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on 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.
Current research shows that there are some common childhood health issues that can be impacted by the oral cavity. We always screen children for airway issues that have shown to have connection to poor sleep, stunted growth, allergies, and even ADHD. Our goal is to do our part to help your child grow up as healthy as possible.