Your Child’s First Dental Visit
- Posted on: Apr 15 2017
Being a parent comes with many questions and concerns. How do I soothe a colicky child? Is he or she getting enough to eat? The list goes on and on, and many parents add to this list the question: “How soon do I take my child to the dentist?” The answer may surprise you. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child see the dentist no later than age one. Getting acquainted with the dentist at an early age can instill trust and put your child on the right track to good oral hygiene.
Preparing for Your First Visit
When planning the best dentist for your child, think about what qualities you seek. Someone who is friendly to you and your child is a must or course, and so is a dentist who has a gentle touch regardless of how much resistance your child may show in the beginning. Other questions you may want to ask yourself include:
- How knowledgeable is the dentist about children’s oral health, as well as their development and growth
- Is the dentist responsive to you?
- Is he or she approachable?
- Does he seem dedicated to your child’s exact needs?
- Is the dentist good at demonstrating to both you and your child the right way to care for your child’s teeth?
This initial visit is also an ideal time to discuss other oral hygiene issues like the fluoride, teething, best diet for a healthy mouth, and thumb sucking if it’s applicable.
After your first visit, your child should see a dentist twice a year, and perhaps more often depend on your child’s individual needs. The important thing is that, at the end of your first visit, you can feel good about establishing a dental plan with your doctor to ensure your child’s optimal oral health, now and in the years ahead.
Are you ready to make the first dentist appointment for your child? Contact Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS in Simi Valley, CA
We can be reached here or by calling 805.584.1194. We look forward to hearing from you!
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