There’s a lot for new parents to learn. Many have one thing to ask: When should my child visit the dentist for the first time? It’s a good question, as regular visits to the children’s dentist in Rowlett shouldn’t be ignored.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the authority on children’s dental health and oral care, recommends that your son or daughter visit the dentist for the first time around their first birthday. While it may seem early, this initial appointment is a good way to introduce your child to the dentist’s office. We will also check in on their very first teeth to make sure they are developing without problem.
The need for regular dental visits — even for very young children — makes more sense when you consider the real threat of cavities in little smiles. Tooth decay, or dental caries, is the most common chronic childhood disease, with more than 1 in 4 children in the US having had at least one cavity by the time they turn 4 years old. These primary (baby) teeth will eventually be lost anyway, but it’s important to keep your child’s first little chompers healthy and let them fall out the natural way.
Dr. Pollock wants to see children by the time their first teeth are erupting. However, if your child is past age 1 and has not yet had a visit with the dentist, that’s totally ok. It’s never too late to put your kiddo on the path to a happy, healthy smile! Just don’t wait any longer to schedule an appointment at Rowlett Dental Kids.
What To Expect From Your Child’s First Dental Visit
When you bring your little one into our office for the first time, our friendly team give you all a warm welcome and help you feel right at ease in our comfortable office. Your child will also get to meet everyone and get his or her first introduction to the sights and sounds of the dental office! They may be a little nervous at first, but parents are often surprised how well children adjust when they visit a dentist for kids.
During the first visit, you and Dr. Pollock can discuss your child’s risk for cavities and how you can help prevent them through good oral hygiene. Feel free to ask any questions you may have during this appointment — making a list beforehand can help to ensure you don’t leave anything off.
Some common questions for new parents include…
- Is fluoride a good idea?
- How can I care for my child’s gums and mouth?
- What about stopping thumb sucking?
- How to prevent teething pain?
- What about baby bottle tooth decay?
- When to start flossing?
You and Dr. Pollock will have all the time you need to discuss your child’s smile. Once the appointment is over, we’ll give your little one a treat and plan on a time to see you again soon. Then everyone leaves with a big smile!
Put Your Child On the Path to Good Oral Health
Has your child had his or her first dental appointment? If they’re past the age of one, it’s time to schedule a first visit. We’re ready for y’all at Rowlett Dental Kids — request an appointment today!