Child’s First Dental Visit
To prevent early childhood cavities, parents can manage their child's diet, feeding habits and oral hygiene.
The first dental visit for a child should be around 18 months of age.
The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way.
Our dentists may ask the parent to sit on the dental chair and hold their child during the examination. Sometimes, parents may be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a professional relationship can be built between your child and our dentist.
During the examination, our dentist will check all of your child's existing teeth for decay, examine your child's bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. If indicated, our dentist will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride. He or she will also educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions.
Topics our dentist may discuss with you might include:
1) Good oral hygiene practices for your teeth and gums, and cavity prevention
2) Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking)
3) Developmental milestones
5) Proper nutrition
After this first visit, our dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits. In general, the child patient is typically re-called for visits every six months so as to build up the child's comfort and confidence level in visiting the dentist, to monitor the development of the teeth, and promptly treat any developing problems.
However, the schedule may vary according to each child's needs and risks. As your child grows, our dental team can help you learn how to prevent common oral problems.