Many parents will call and ask when their child should first see the dentist. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first visit to the dentist should be no later than 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth. This is a relatively new concept in dentistry, but research has shown that an ounce of prevention will help prevent a pound of problems.
Much of the infant dental visit is geared toward discussing what the parent can anticipate from their child’s oral growth and development. Strategies for a healthy start will be discussed, anticipatory guidance given and other pearls of good, useful information shared. We look at this visit as your child’s clean slate, and we want to give you all the tools you need to preserve it.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is a special time. It is an event which establishes the beginning of a relationship lasting for many, many years. It is also is an opportunity for your child to learn about healthy mouths and smiles and those habits which not only help create but also sustain them. The mouth is an interesting place, no doubt about it.
Your child will receive age-appropriate care whether or not oral hygiene instructions are given, radiographs are taken, the teeth or cleaned or fluoride therapy is administered. It really depends on your child’s needs as every child is different.
The dentist will also conduct a thorough oral examination, assess your child’s needs and and discuss the findings with you.