Your Child’s First Visit…
The first dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
The exam begins with X-rays, which must be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply a topical fluoride to protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most importantly, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?
Here are some First Visit Tips
What about preventative care?
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.