Parents want only the best dental care for their children. According to the AAPD – American Association of Pediatric Dentistry – guidelines, children should visit the dentist within six months after the first tooth erupts, or before the first birthday.
When the time comes, you can choose to take your child to either a pediatric dental office or a family dentist who provides dental services for people of all ages. Either way, it’s important that you choose a dental environment where you believe your child can learn healthy habits that will last throughout their lives.
Here are some other things to keep in mind:
Choose a Kid-friendly Dental Environment
Pediatric dental practices that see infants, toddlers, and older children are custom-made to help children relax. Children need a safe, fun, and comfortable environment where they can learn about good oral hygiene and receive the necessary dental care, including preventive, maintenance, and, if necessary, early treatment.
Find a place where your child has a positive, comfortable and relaxed experience during his/her first dental checkup.
Compassionate Dental Team
Younger children respond best when treated with compassion, patience, and humor, preferably in the earlier parts of the day. Most children are also comfortable and less nervous when their parent stays with them in the examination. This also gives you an opportunity to gain a better understanding of your child’s dental and oral health.
After the initial dental visit and exam, the dentist will recommend the regular six-month recare appointments to continue your child’s preventative oral care. If any treatment is administered, you may need your child to come in sooner for a follow-up visit to ensure proper recovery.
During routine checkups, your child will receive an oral exam to ensure that he/she is brushing and flossing properly and to check for any tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. These visits also make it possible for the dental team to develop a strong relationship with your child and inculcate good dental habits that allow them to smile with confidence.