When & What Is My Child’s First “Regular” Visit?
We are often asked, “What is the best way to prepare your child for their first dental visit?” We suggest for young children to discuss the visit in a positive manner and not to paint a negative picture about dental visits, especially any negative experiences a parent may have had in the past. Remember, children often relate their experiences from what they hear before they get to experience things for themselves. You should discuss the visit in simple terms, the dentist and hygienist will “look” at the teeth, “count” the teeth, see how you “clean” your teeth, all simple things.
We recommend the child’s first “regular” dental visit to be around the age of 2. 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.