Child’s First Visit
Protect your child’s teeth by starting dental checkups early. The American Dental Association and the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry note that it is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur within six months of the appearance of the baby’s first tooth but no later than the child’s first birthday.
Why schedule a visit so early? The dentist can show you how to clean your child’s teeth, discuss fluoride needs, and recommend oral care products. The dentist also checks for problems, such as baby bottle tooth decay. For toddlers, the dentist gently examines their teeth and gums, checking for decay and other problems. If necessary, the child’s teeth may be cleaned. Your toddler can be evaluated for habits such as prolonged thumb or finger-sucking.
Children’s oral health needs differ. Your dentist will recommend a schedule for checkups.
Preventive dental care, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants – a barrier that protects the chewing surfaces of the back teeth- can save time, money and teeth.
We are committed to ensuring that every new young child receives the most pleasant experience to ensure that none of our patients will become “Dental Phobic”.
Typically, your child will be seen by one of our hygienists. An initial exam, cleaning and topical fluoride application are the goals. However, the foremost accomplishment is always to make your child a comfortable and cooperative patient so that all future care can be delivered without anxiety.
A Special Letter to the Parents of Teenagers
Over the years, we have proudly been able to motivate and guide our pediatric patients to their teenage years with few if any cavities. Sadly, our experience has shown that a significant number of these same patients reach their teens only to develop multiple cavities, possibly due to a change in their oral care habits and/or diet.
We are therefore strongly encouraging the application of a topical fluoride at every check-up. If you have dental insurance, please be aware that the insurance industry standard does not provide benefits for Fluoride Treatment after age 13.
Please advise us if you wish this for your young adult.