What should I expect at my child’s first dental appointment?

Some parents may have apprehension about their children’s first visit to the dentist, but there’s no need for concern about the initial experience with a pediatric dentist. Your son or daughter should not experience any discomfort at that first appointment.

What takes place may depend on the child’s age at the time of the appointment. Your child should first visit a children’s dentist by his or her first birthday. With a year-old patient, the dentist will thoroughly examine the teeth, looking for any signs of potential trouble. The dentist may ask you to hold your child in your lap, and then the dentist would get down to the patient’s eye level. This also gives the parent a bird’s eye view of the exam. 

A good oral hygiene routine is tremendously important for young children, who may face an increased risk of developing cavities.

If stains are on the teeth, the dentist or hygienist may clean those off, although this will not cause any discomfort.

This first visit also gives a parent the opportunity to discuss a plan for home oral care with the children’s dentist. A good oral hygiene routine is tremendously important for young children, who may face an increased risk of developing cavities. The dentist can give you instruction on how to care for your child’s mouth and the erupting teeth, if you feel that this would be beneficial.

The dentist can also review developmental milestones with you so that you know what to expect and have an idea of what concerns to bring up to the dentist at a later visit. The dentist may recommend appointments for your child at six-month intervals, just like mom and dad do, or more frequently if there are any specifically worrisome signs or symptoms.

Your child’s first dental appointment is nothing to fear. In fact, it can go a long way toward establishing a good relationship with a pediatric dentist that will endure for years. If you have a child older than a year old who has not yet seen a dentist, call our skilled and dedicated dental team to schedule the initial evaluation today.

Good Dental Health Starts Early

Did you realize that children should have their first dental appointment by their first birthday? Many patients do not since the child is far from having a set of completely erupted teeth at that point. Nonetheless, getting your child established with a pediatric dentist at an early age will help to set the stage for good oral health throughout childhood and beyond.

Children are very susceptible to tooth decay, so it’s important for a child to see a kid’s dentist at a young age. This gives the dentist ample opportunity to monitor any changes in the child’s teeth or gums that may indicate a significant problem. It also helps to establish a dental home for your child, as this dentist will be able to follow your child’s case until adulthood.

It’s also good for a child to get into a routine of going to the dentist. A kid’s dentist is likely to recommend that a patient visit every six months, just like his or her parents do – and for the same reason. Regular checkups help the dentist spot troubling symptoms earlier, whenever the problem is more treatable. Furthermore, routine dental appointments can help your child become more familiar with the dentist and dental team, easing any fears or anxieties about the process.

Of course, good dental health doesn’t just happen in the dentist’s office. What you do at home to keep teeth clean is just as important. Your pediatric dentist can educate you on what you need to do to care for your child’s teeth, and when your child will be able to take over some of his or her own oral hygiene routine.

Parents should also monitor their children’s diet to make sure they’re getting the right nutrition for healthy strong teeth. Limit sugary treats to cut the risk of cavities.

The dentist can also make recommendations on interventions such as fluoride treatments or sealants, which can be beneficial in protecting children’s teeth.

Even very young children can benefit from dental exams, so be sure to have your child see a dentist early and keep up with regular checkups afterward.

To schedule your child’s visit, contact Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry at 817-569-6633 today.