As a parent – especially first-time parent – many things are still new and unknown. You may get advice from parents, grandparents or friends, but everyone has their own parenting styles and routines. You’ll often find yourself wondering who to take the advice from. Something you might be wondering about is when you should take your child for his/her first dentist visit. In this article we will shed some light on the matter and share our recommendations with you. When should my infant see the dentist?
It is recommended to take your infant for his/her first dental check-up around the age of 6 months which is usually the time when babies get their first tooth. Or at least around his/her first birthday, whichever comes first. Tooth decay can happen to anyone, young and old. It is best to start taking care of your teeth as soon as possible to prevent issues in the future.
How do I prepare for my child’s first dental appointment?
Dentists have never been a child’s best friend, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. In order to instill positive emotions linking to dentist visits, it is important to help your son or daughter get excited about the visit.
Make sure you assure him/her that dentists are not scary but are there to help you.
Children who have positive feelings towards dentists are more likely to take good care of their teeth an less likely to skip dentist appointments as an adult.
Something else we recommend is to prepare for any emotional outbursts by bringing toys to comfort the child. This way, he/she will feel more at ease. To give yourself some piece of mind, you can speak with the dentist ahead of time. You can ask him/her what will happen during the first visit so you know what to expect and mentally prepare for the occasion.
What will happen during my child’s first dentist visit?
During your infant’s first visit to the dentist, the routine will be pretty standard. Most dentists have their way handling their appointments but they are all alike.
The dentist will examine the child’s teeth, gums, jaw, oral tissues and bite, hereby checking it everything is properly forming and coming into place. Next, the dentist will polish the tooth/teeth to remove any plaque that has formed along the gums.
If the child has any deep cavities visible to the naked eye, x-rays will be taken. Lastly, it is likely that he/she will share some home cleaning tips and techniques with you.
How long will the visit take?
Usually dentist will try to keep limit the visit to 15 to 30 minutes. When the visit is of short duration, the child has little time to get scared.
This will lead the child to become more trusting of dentists. They will learn that every dentist visit has a beginning, but also an ending. Just like adults, children should see the dentist every six months. If your child is too scared or upset, you can reschedule and try in another two or three months.
Just remember to be strong and not give up, no matter how challenging it gets. Your child’s dental health is greatly impacted by your own habits and attitude towards it.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s or your own dental care, our Bliss Dental experts are here to help. Just give us a call.