The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children go to see the dentist by age 1 or within 6 months after the first tooth erupts. Being proactive about oral health can help your children maintain good dental health for life.
What to expect at your child’s first dental visit
The first dental visit is about introducing your child to the dentist’s office and allowing them to feel comfortable with the staff and the office environment. At their first dental visit, the dentist may have a discussion with you about your child’s diet, teething, oral habits and how to take care of your child’s oral health. The dentist may also do a quick visual exam to check for cavities and other dental problems.
How to prepare your child for the first dental visit
Visiting the dentist for the first time can be scary for young children. You can help prepare them for their visit by:
Reading a dental story to your child or telling your child about your own positive dental experiences, such as how much you like going to the dentist.
Playing “dentist” with your child at home. Let your child do a practice run on a stuffed animal!
Dental treatment for baby teeth
If your child has cavities, it is important to get dental treatment as soon as possible even though your child may only have baby teeth. If not treated, cavities on baby teeth can become a deep hole that results in pain or infection.
Fillings, stainless steel crowns, extraction, and space maintainers are examples of dental treatment for children who have cavities. At Cloudnine Dental, the dentist will perform a dental examination and discuss your child’s treatment options if cavities are discovered.
Good Dental Hygiene Starts Early
Make an Edmonton oral care appointment for your child today.