Sharma Mulqueen RDH
What Age Should I Bring My Child for Their First Dental Appointment
and What Can I Expect?
Good Pediatric dental care during the first few years of a person’s life is essential to give the proper foundation for overall good health throughout life. At Signature Dental offices we offer the benefit of preventative care as well as restorative care and diagnostic imaging. The earlier you bring your child to the Dentist the better off they will be. The goal is to have every child used to visiting the dentist without fear.
We recommend you bring your child for their first dental appointment between the ages of 2-3. At that first visit you can expect an introduction to the Dentist and Dental Hygienist. The goal is to have the patient lay back in the chair and count their teeth so the Dentist and Dental Hygienist can have a look. Through experience I have had a few at this young age let me polish. As providers we will do as much as the patient will allow. Most children will cry at this appointment which is ok. Crying actually lets us see everywhere in the mouth.
The Dentist and Dental Hygienist will go over some things parents can learn when caring for their children’s teeth. We ask that the child start drinking from a cup at 1 year old. If they are using a bottle at night, the milk or sugar juice can cause cavities quickly. Thumb-sucking and pacifiers should be stopped or greatly reduced at age 3. Lastly, we ask that the parents start brushing or using a washcloth to clean their gums.
Early and regular checkups will prevent cavities in children. Signature Dental can help you with scheduling your appointment, verifying your Insurance and most important making sure your child has a wonderful experience. We want our little patients to enjoy going to the dentist at a young age. Prevention is the key to success.
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