Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When should I take my child to the dentist?

First dental visits are often used to get the child acquainted with the dental office, staff and equipment. These visits are also to educate parents on how to properly care for their child’s baby teeth and also to address any future potential dental issues with a full exam.

It is recommended that you take your child to his or her first dental visit on or around the first birthday. More specifically, it should be about 6 months after the eruption of a first tooth. Taking your child to the dentist early helps prevent common dental issues like tooth decay and cavities. This will also help the child create lifelong good oral care habits while reducing anxiety and fear, making way for stress-free visits in the future.

Before your child’s first visit, ask the dentist about any procedures that will be completed to help avoid surprises. This will also help you prepare your child and create excitement around the visit. Very young children can be fussy and won’t sit still, so have a plan of action in case your child reacts this way. Also, bring any records of your child’s complete medical history for a full evaluation by the dentist.

At our dental office in Glendale, we are ready to be your oral care support at you embark on your new adventure into parenthood. We’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions when you have them, so contact us today!