Planning your child’s first dental visit can be stressful. Many parents wonder when the perfect time is to bring their child in for their first exam. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists or AAPD recommends that children visit the dentist by the age of one, or when they first notice signs of teeth erupting. Typically, primary teeth do not erupt until about six months of age.

Parents tend to worry how their child will feel or behave at the dentist for the first time. There are many benefits to visiting the dentist starting at a young age, and with positive encouragement and our amazing staff we always ensure your child’s first visit and every visit after will go well.
There are a few things we recommend to parents to help prepare their child to visit our office for the first time. We want all of our patients to feel calm and relaxed and enjoy their visit. Our staff is specially trained to work with children, and they are in good hands while in our care.

Helpful Ways to Prepare Your Child Before Their First Visit to Our Office

  • We welcome all new patients to schedule a tour of our office and meet our staff. This helps your child get to know where they are going, and when they arrive they will feel more comfortable because they have already been here for a visit.

  • Talk to your child about how important it is to see your dentist regularly. With positive attitude your child will feel excited and not afraid, and will enjoy visiting our office.

  • There are dental books and TV shows available that you can show your child so they can get an idea what a dental office looks like, and what we do during a dental exam and cleaning.

  • During your child’s appointment we recommend bringing in any comfort items such as a stuffed animal or blanket to make your child feel relaxed.

  • Our staff provides each child with a reward at the end of each visit so they have something to look forward to. Parents are welcome to plan for a reward as an incentive to help the child get through their first appointment.

  • It is important to talk to your child about how important dental hygiene is. Keeping our teeth and gums clean so we can have beautiful smiles can help teach them good oral hygiene habits at a young age.

Starting your child out right with proper dental care helps to set the stage for later in life and teaches children good oral hygiene. We look forward to establishing a good relationship with each of our pediatric patients, and our staff will help your child understand how important it is to take care of your teeth and visit our office regularly.

Our dental exams are thorough and we can check for any issues as your child grows older. We believe in preventative care to help keep your child’s teeth feeling and looking their best.

Are You Interested in Scheduling Your Child’s First Exam?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s first dental exam we are here to help. Contact our office and our friendly staff can assist you!

Helping your child take charge of their oral health at a young age is important and our staff is here to support both our pediatric patients and their parents, and provide the highest level of dental care.

We look forward to meeting you and having your child join our dental family.

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Understanding how important children’s baby teeth are, it is essential that as a parent, you take measures for their care. The lack of dental hygiene can affect the general health of a person and you don’t want your little one to go through dental disorders of any type as they can be very painful. Here we will tell you in more detail some of the measures you can take to take care of your child’s milk teeth.

Brushing from the child’s first year

The dental health of children is an issue that we must pay attention to before their first teeth fall. Therefore, brushing should be integrated into their routine once the child is one year old. Remember to be careful not to hurt your gums, as these are a bit delicate. Something that can help you is to make brushing time more fun so that the child wants to do it voluntarily. Create games and show how it is done so that your little one feels part of brushing time.

How To Care For Children's Milk Teeth

Use products suitable for your age

Baby teeth are a bit more delicate than permanent ones. In addition to that, children’s gums can suffer injuries if care is not taken when brushing. Therefore, it is necessary to buy products that are suitable for their age. You will find that there are special brushes for children that have softer bristles. There are also toothpastes for children that contain less fluoride and are sweet or less intense in flavor than adults use. It is essential that you take care of this aspect so as not to hurt your child’s teeth.

Take them to a Pediatric Dentist

Going to a dentist is something that both adults and children should do. A specialist checks the condition of the teeth and make a general and deep cleaning, if needed. You can take your little one to a specialist who has experience with pediatric dentistry. 

Emphasize the use of dental floss

Flossing is a hygiene product that not everyone decides to use. But you have to think that there are places where the brushes cannot reach and there are remains of accumulated food. This produces bad breath and even decay. After two years of age, it is recommended that your child flosses regularly. This will help protect and keep your baby teeth clean. Remember that you must do this step with great care as they can hurt themselves too. It is also advisable to look for special dental floss for children. These are softer and will not hurt your gums.

Coconut oil can be a great ally

Baby teeth are much more sensitive than permanent teeth, so you could use natural products to help with oral hygiene. Coconut oil has multiple uses and one of them is cavity prevention. To use coconut oil, you should massage your child’s gums for about 10 minutes after brushing. This will help eliminate bacteria that lodge in the mouth. Knowing how to care for children’s milk teeth is essential if you want them to have healthy teeth when they grow up.

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