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Many parents are not sure when is the best time to make their child’s first dentist appointment. A simple rule of thumb is to schedule their first appointment after their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday at the latest.
Even baby teeth should be monitored for their development, and it helps to establish a routine with your children. Proper oral health from the first tooth onward is vital to creating a successful routine with your child.
The first visit is important in establishing a healthy relationship with your dentist. Before you come in, it is important to let your child know in advance that they are going to the dentist instead of springing it on them at the last minute. Playing dentist with dolls, stuffed animals or even each other can also help them understand that it will be an easy visit.
When your child meets their dentist, the dentist will be sure to meet them in a very non-threatening and friendly way. Once your child is comfortable, the exam can begin. The dentist will look at the overall alignment of the jaw and examine if there are any issues with the gums and oral tissues. The dentist will also check their existing teeth for decay and be sure to answer any questions they have. If a cleaning had also been discussed previously, then the dentist will lastly take care of that procedure. The first appointment will be short and sweet. We’ll make sure your child leaves with a smile!
Early appointments give the dentist an opportunity to watch as the teeth develop and will help in successfully detecting any dental issues early. If there are any warning signs, your dentist will share them and discuss preventive treatment options.