November 11, 2022
A Child’s First Dental Visit
A lot happens at a child’s first pediatric dental visit, which usually occurs six months after the first tooth erupts. Once that tooth erupts, visit a pediatric dentist no later than the child’s first birthday. Although this may seem early, there has been a rise in infant and toddler tooth decay in recent years. So it’s also an excellent opportunity for your child to become comfortable with going to the dentist.
Tooth Decay Prevention With A Pediatric Dental Visit
During your child’s first dental visit, the pediatric dentist, a childhood psychology and behaviour specialist, will put your child at ease. Then a complete oral exam will be administered, looking for any signs of trouble, such as tooth decay.
Stopping Tooth Decay
It’s vital to stop tooth decay/dental cavities as soon as possible. If you let them linger, tooth decay/dental cavities can be exceptionally painful to treat. Also, if they are not treated immediately, you also end up setting the scene for poor oral health in later childhood.
The Advantages of a Pediatric Dentist
Like a family or general dentist, a pediatric dentist is qualified to offer preventive care, including professional cleanings and comprehensive exams, as well as handle common dental treatments. The difference is pediatric dentists specialize in oral care for infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers. They are also trained to treat children under anesthesia and sedation. As a specialist, they are trained in managing growth and development concerns affecting the mouth, face, and head.
Treatment of medically compromised children and adolescents.
The First Pediatric Dental Visit
When you walk into the Playtime Dental pediatric dental clinic, you will find a fun-filled, stimulating dental office. Even better, you will quickly see that our dental staff are fully trained to communicate with infants and young children. During the initial dental visit, our pediatric dentist will guide parents on implementing a good oral care routine, ask questions about the child’s oral care habits, and examine the child’s emerging teeth. If your child’s teeth appear stained, the dentist may clean them. After the cleaning, the dentist will apply a topical fluoride treatment to the teeth. After the pediatric dental visit, you can count on the dentist helping to break any habits and encourage habits that support excellent oral healthcare.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
As with adults, your child needs to get their teeth cleaned and a dental checkup every six months. Kids should start going to the dentist soon after their first tooth erupts or around their first birthday, whichever happens first.