If you have a one year old at home, then you’re aware of all the important milestones that your baby’s crossing. Along with her quickly developing sense of the world, you child will also most likely have started getting her baby teeth. This means that another important milestone is about to be reached; her first visit to the dentist.
As a general rule of thumb, the first visit should occur right at the one year mark or within six months of the emergence of the first baby tooth. A dentist that specializes in pediatric dentistry is well-equipped to work with kids and specially trained to treat their developing teeth. When you and your child come in for the first visit, here’s what you can expect.
Mostly an orientation, the first visit is usually short and doesn’t involve much treatment. It’s recommended simply so that your child gets a chance to meet the dentist and get into the habit of getting regular checkups. The dentist will also talk to you about several topics, including:
- How to teach your child good oral hygiene habits.
- Why children are prone to cavities and the proper use of fluoride to help prevent childhood cavities.
- Common oral habits of children, such as thumbsucking and pacifier use.
- How to help your child cope with teething
- Proper nutrition for your child’s oral health and overall health.
- How frequently your child should see the dentist.
This is also your chance as a parent to ask any questions you might have regarding oral care for young children. This is an important time in your child’s life, and instilling great oral habits early on helps ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. If it’s time for your child’s first visit, make an appointment today.