By Age One
My First Visit
New parents often ask, “When should I bring my child to the dentist?” The short answer is, “By Age 1”. The idea of such an early dental visit is very surprising to many new parents. To assure you, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Mike suggest that children be seen “By Age 1” due to early childhood carrying such significant diseases among very small children. The Academy changed their recommendation from going to the dentist 6 months after the first tooth has erupted from the gums to “By Age 1” to get more information to parents sooner about how to properly care for their children’s teeth. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the age of 4. Many kids get cavities as early as the age of 2!
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For the first few visits until the age of 3 we can see your child in our Terrific Toddler Program! This allows a complete knee-to-knee exam and cleaning in a private child friendly room with parent and dentist. Your toddler will sit comfortably on your lap while our experienced staff clean and examine their teeth to gauge tooth development and any early signs of decay. We gently introduce them to the office setting in a comfortable area and proactively work to resolve any early issues. Parents are able to have an open discussion with dentists privately with any questions or concerns that they have.
Preventive dentistry starts at home!
Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes! If your child does not like to brush make it into a game! Sing a song! Make sure to brush round and round in small circles and get the top teeth, the bottom teeth and the inside of teeth. Light up brushes help with timers or even just a simple timer! Remember a healthy diet and periodic dental examinations are key to optimal oral healthcare!
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Our entire dental team will provide a relaxed, non-threatening environment for your child. Your child’s FREE first visit includes:
– A gentle, but thorough, exam of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues
– A gentle cleaning, including polishing of the teeth and removal of any plaque, tartar buildup or stains
– Instructions on proper home care
– Answering any questions you may have
– Your child typically sits in your lap while our dentist does the examination
If your child cries a little or wiggles during the exam, don’t worry, it’s normal. We understand this is a new experience for your child!
Protect your child’s teeth by starting Dental Checkups Early!
To prevent potential dental problems, your child should see us as soon as the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend all children have their first dental visit by age one.
- Baby teeth are more porous and susceptible to decay than adult teeth, early intervention is critical to help ensure those tiny teeth stay healthy
- Pediatric dentists are trained to immediately identify any potential issues with the growth and development of the jaw and soft palate
- Healthy primary teeth help your child speak and chew properly
- Primary teeth serve as important place holders for the eventual permanent teeth
- It’s best to have your child first meet the dentist at a well-baby check-up, don’t wait until an emergency for a first visit
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
How can I prevent decay caused by nursing?
Avoid putting nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth.
Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush.