Your child’s first dentist visit

The team of dentists at Smiles 4 Keeps want to show your kids that going to the dentist is fun! Our team members and dentists are friendly, compassionate, and encouraging so kid’s feel comfortable at the office.

When to Take Your Child to the Dentist

Your child should visit the dentist by his or her 1st birthday. You should do your very best as a parent or caregiver to make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive – we will surely do our part, too! Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The fewer to-dos concerning the visit, the better.

When to Take Your Child to the Dentist

As recommended by the American Dental Association, your child should see the dentist by his or her 1st birthday or when they begin to show the first tooth. As a parent or caregiver, to make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive, you can always start sharing videos or speaking with your child about what to expect and the importance of their dental checkups so they are familiar with certain tools or feelings. We will surely do our part to ensure your child is safe, comfortable and happy, too! Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. Our staff  is trained to use the Tell-Show-Do approach as an essential blueprint for your child’s visit as a way of eases all apprehension.

Tips and Suggestions for the First Dental Visit

  • It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “pull”, “drill” or “hurt”. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
  • We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one! Parents can also do their part while driving to and from the dentist office by singing songs revolved around dental hygiene, going to the dentist, and smiles!

Infant Oral Exam/Consultation

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests a new patient exam within 6 months of your child getting his or her first tooth. This is a very important step in the preventative care for your child’s oral health.

Children’s teeth actually begin forming while the mother is still pregnant, making it important for the mother to eat healthy, nutritious meals. Once the child is about 6 months old (the timing varies from child to child), the “baby teeth” (the first set of teeth) will begin to break through the gum surface.

By the time the child is 3 years old, all 20 primary teeth should erupt. Around age 6, the first permanent teeth, which are the molars, will begin to erupt. Some time between the ages of 12 and 21, the last permanent teeth should erupt.

During these phases it is very important to teach your child how to properly care for his or her teeth.

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