When should I bring my child to the dentists?
~Be sure to check out the video of Connor’s 1st dental visit at the end~
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the 1st dental visit should be 6 months after the babies’ first tooth erupts, preferably no later than the child’s 1st Birthday. Bringing your child in this early is beneficial because we can show parents how to properly clean their child’s teeth, discuss diet including liquids, fluoride needs, thumb sucking, as well as pacifier and sippy cup usage. We can also evaluate for any dental problems and answer any questions or concerns you may have as a parent. This appointment is also important because it connects your child with us and familiarizes them with our office and staff.
If your child is a toddler and closer to 2 or 3 years old their visit will include all of the above, but he or she will have a more in depth exam of their teeth and gums. We will also do a dental cleaning if your child allows. Our goal at Parker River Dental is to have a positive and enjoyable experience for your child and establish a lifelong relationship. Some children are great and cooperate for these procedures, for others it may take 2-3 times, which is ok because they end up loving us and having a great time, with no lifelong fear attached.
Goals at 1st apt:
- Introduce your child to our staff
- Show and Tell –introduce your child to all the fun things we use during their cleanings. (Mr. tickle brush, Mrs. thirsty, Mrs. mirror and Mr. tooth counter) Our goal is to make your child feel comfortable and safe as well as have fun!
- We will count their teeth – examine for cavities
- Hand Scale (if needed), polish, and floss. We will also do a fluoride application when appropriate.
- We will review homecare with you and the child
- We will review your child’s diet: sugars, carbs and liquids
Tips for a Great Visit:
- Talk to your child about the visit, discuss what’s going to happen and be positive
- Have your child practice opening and closing their mouth
- Reading books or watching video’s about 1st dental visits – *See our video below
- Don’t schedule during nap time, try to pick a time when you know they are generally well rested
- Please save snacks for after the visit, so remnants are not stuck on teeth during their visit
- If possible, please have all your paperwork filled out prior to coming in with your child