Seeing your baby’s first smile is like experiencing a piece of heaven on earth! This is a big moment for new parents and it leaves a lasting impression! Scheduling your child’s first dentist appointment helps to ensure that your child’s smile remains healthy and contagious for years to come.
Guess what, it’s time to schedule their first appointment. Let me be the first to say it’s not as haunting as the first doctor’s appointment so no worries mom you’ll leave with no tears. It is usually recommended that children have their first dental appointment between 12 and 15 months. This recommendation is made because this is when you will begin to see the most changes within their oral development.
The first, and most obvious reason, is that dentist are able to monitor the health and growth of new teeth as they come in. The scary thing about teeth are that now your little one can develop cavities. Cavities aren’t only caused by candy and sweets, they can also develop from milk supply and different fruit juices.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CHILD’S FIRST VISIT?
Lucky for you, the first dental appointment is brief aside from the new patient paperwork that we all love! My son was given the opportunity to meet his dentist, in a non-threatening way. He quickly became acquainted with the facility and with the dentist before his first cleaning.
Once your child is ready for their exam, the dentist will:
Check their teeth for any signs of decay
Examine their bite, and look for any alarming issues with their gums, jaw, and oral tissues.
Clean teeth if discussed before hand
This appoint was helpful because I was able to have an excellent dialogue with the dentist about the proper oral care for my son as his smile continues to develop. More importantly my dentist was able to discuss strategies to help soothe his teething phase. If you have any questions about your child’s oral habits (thumb sucking, pacifier) this would be the time to seek advice.
After your visit is over, your dentist will suggest scheduling a follow-up visit based on the specific needs of your child.