Q: When should my child first see a dentist?
A: “First visit by the first birthday” sums it up. Your child should visit us within six months of cutting the first tooth, usually between six and twelve months of age. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s health and smile now and in the future.
Q: Why so early? What dental problems could a baby have?
A: The most important reason is to begin a thorough prevention program. Dental problems can begin early. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (also know as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). Your child risks severe decay from using a bottle during naps or at night, or when they nurse continuously from the breast. We will also advise you on diet, nutrition, brushing and flossing, toothpaste usage and fluoride, among other topics, like thrush and teething. The earlier you schedule the first visit to our office for your child, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.The earlier you schedule the first visit to our office for your child, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.
Q: What happens at the first visit?
A: We need to get to know each other at this first visit. We will perform a thorough examination of your child’s mouth, and any necessary x-rays will be taken to complete the diagnosis. We do not want to overwhelm your child…our goal is to make this visit as easy and non-threatening as possible. This usually means waiting until the second visit to perform a cleaning or dental work, as well as assess your child’s co-operation for future appointments.
Q: Appointment times?
A: Younger children are best behaved for their dental appointments when they are not tired. Therefore we recommend appointments that are earlier in the day. We reserve later appointment times for school aged children.