Your Child's First
It is generally recommended that an infant be seen by a dentist by the age of
1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in.
What Happens at the First Dental Visit?
The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment.
This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a
non-threatening and friendly way. Some dentists may ask the parent to sit in the
dental chair and hold their child during the examination. The parent may also be
asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a
relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
During the examination, your dentist will check all of your child's existing
teeth for decay, examine your child's bite, and look for any potential problems
with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. If indicated, the dentist will clean any
teeth and assess the need for fluoride. He or she will also educate parents
about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental
issues and answer any questions.
Topics your dentist may discuss with you might include:
- Good oral hygiene practices for your child's teeth
and gums and cavity protection
- Flouride needs
- Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip
- Developmental milestones
- Proper Nutrition
- Schedule of dental check up visits. Many dentists like to see children
every 6 months to build up the child's comfort and confidence level in
visiting the dentist, to monitor the development of the teeth, and promptly
treat any developing problems.