January 2, 2017
It may be surprising to hear that good oral hygiene prevention starts very early. Studies show that pre-school aged children are at a high risk for the development of cavities, as many are experiencing their first cavity by the age of two. That is why it is so important to begin managing your child’s diet, hygiene and fluoride treatments as soon as possible. It is not uncommon to have your child see a dentist soon after receiving their first tooth or when they reach their first birthday – whichever comes first. Many issues besides cavities can be discussed along with determining an appropriate schedule for follow-up visits. Your dentist in Slidell is going to talk a little more about when you should bring your child in for their first dental visit, and what to expect.
Can My Young Child Manage Such A Visit?
Their first dental visit will be very similar to having a visit with their regular pediatric doctor. It is possible they may become agitated, but often the gentle attention they receive results in an accepting and interesting experience for them. As with any outing you take your child on, it is wise to bring a toy or an object they find comforting, snacks and any other items you need to make the child feel at ease. You want to establish early on that the dentist is a safe and agreeable place to go.
Preparing For The Visit
It is best to know ahead of time what your hopes and expectations are, and that starts with good communication and trust in your dentist. Ask lots of questions and stay focused on your child’s needs. You will want to get specific advice on how to care for your child’s oral health so that you will be able to do whatever is necessary to help maintain their hygiene habits.
What To Expect During Their First Visit
A thorough review of your child’s history and habits will be covered first. At this time, many preventable or potential problems can be discovered before they occur, or at least be treated in their earliest stages. The dentist will most likely perform a simple examination by allowing your child to sit facing you as you lay their head back into the dentist’s lap. You will both be able to see clearly into the child’s mouth and discuss any concerns. Your child may also receive a cleaning and fluoride treatment depending on their specific needs at that time.
Good oral health starts early, and your dentist in 70458 is here to answer any questions. We want you and your child to feel secure and comfortable at our office as we continue to oversee your dental health for years to come.
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