When Should I Start Thinking About Dental Visits
When Should My Child Have Their First Visit?
The first dental visit should occur probably a lot earlier than you think. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, or AAPD, recommends that your child has their first visit six months after the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever one comes first. Typically, children get their first teeth around six months of age. However, some children get them earlier, while others get them later. Even if your child does not have any teeth by their first birthday, it is still important for them to have their first dental visit by this time.
What Happens at the First Visit?
The first dental visit is a very short appointment. It is designed to allow us to get to know your child and for your child to get to know us, as well as become comfortable in our office. When you bring your child into the exam room, we will have you sit in the chair with your child in your lap. This can be helpful in keeping your child calm and comfortable. We will take a quick peek into their mouth and assess the alignment of their jaw. If necessary, we can clean their teeth.
After looking at their teeth, the rest of the appointment will consist of a conversation with you. We will discuss such things as:
Benefits of Starting Dental Visits Early
There are several benefits to starting dental visits early.
Starting dental visits by the first birthday can help to set your child, and you, up for oral health success. For more information, and to schedule the first visit for your child, call Douglas L. Park, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry today at (503) 663-8141.