While you’re basking in the joys of being a new parent, you’ll also be becoming accustomed to your responsibilities towards your child. Obviously, this includes general healthcare, but your baby’s dental care is also highly important. You may be wondering when you should take your bundle of joy in for their first dental visit.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit happen by their first birthday.
It’s Important That Your Child See the Dentist at a Young Age
The idea of bringing your baby into a dental office at such a young age may seem odd to you. However, these visits are important for preventing cavities and becoming aware of good habits and behaviors that affect proper facial development.
Reports have shown that more than 1 in 4 children have at least one cavity by the age of 4. In addition, bad habits like thumb sucking can reek havoc on the development of your child’s mouth, teeth, and facial structure.
Learning what you can do as a parent will help your child avoid risk factors such as:
- Behavioral Issues
- Breathing Issues
- Chronic Stomachaches
- Facial Distortions
- Learning Disabilities
- Poor Posture
- Speech Disorders
Cavities and risk factors aren’t the only things you need to be aware of regarding your child’s first dental visit.
Instilling the Value of Good Health at an Early Age
We’re sure you know how influential your parents were on your perception and your desire to keep yourself healthy.
You can also help ensure that your child has a great experience and sees going to the dentist as a fun adventure by doing some simple things.
Talk to your child before their visit and explain in simple words what will happen so he or she will not be nervous.
When you come in to our office, bring a snack and a favorite toy/blanket. These small things will help your child feel that our office is a comfortable and safe place.
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit
When you and your child visit Exceptional Dentistry, our team and Dr. James D. Powell will share lots of helpful tips with you. We’ll talk with you about:
- Caring for your baby or toddler’s mouth
- Fluoride and your child’s smile
- Bad habits (like thumb-sucking)
- Preventing accidents that harm the face or teeth
- Teething and other milestones in your baby’s development
- How your baby’s diet affects his or her oral health
Dr. James D. Powell will examine your child’s chompers and gums for signs of cavities and other issues. In addition, our hygienist may clean your baby’s pearly whites. Fluoride may also be applied to give his or her teeth an extra boost to fight against cavities. Before you leave our office, you can feel confident that you will have all your questions about your child’s oral health answered and a plan to keep your child as healthy as possible.