A Baby’s First Visit
Once those mini pearly whites start popping up in your child’s mouth, it’s definitely time to make your little guy or gal their first dentist appointment. Some children don’t show teeth until after age one, in which case your rule of thumb should be “Dentist by 1”. The dentist doesn’t have to be scary for you or your child; after all there is no reason for your baby to not like the dentist. He doesn’t even know some people are afraid of dentists. Educating yourself on what to expect during that first visit to the dentist will make things a whole lot easier for everyone. Who: Consider taking your child to a pediatric dentist — someone who has additional training in caring for children’s oral health. What: The dentist will check your child’s teeth, gums, jaw and bite. They may also clean your child’s teeth, apply a fluoride preparation, and go over your child’s oral hygiene routine. When:Within about six months of your child’s first tooth’s arrival or by the time they turn one. Where:A baby’s first visit usually takes place at the pediatric dental office. The child may sit in the parent’s lap during the examination. Why:An early introduction to the dentist will help prevent your child from any fear later in life. It will also help reinforce the necessity of bi-annual visits to the dentist. Make sure to be positive when it comes to the dentist and let your child enjoy their first dental visit. They may even walk away with a sticker!