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Children should have a dental care home – preferably with a pediatric dentist who specializes in the oral health of children and adolescents. Early childhood dental visits help a child acclimate to the dental environment and become comfortable with his or her oral care provider. By attending appointments on a regular basis, children learn to put a value on oral care and establish healthy habits that can last a lifetime. The first dental visit is different for each child depending on the age and overall oral health of the patient.

Did you know…

That despite recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to see a dentist for the first time by age one, the majority of children in the U.S. do not have a first dental appointment until long after age two? Unfortunately, waiting has its consequences. As children get older, their risk for tooth decay increases – something that is more easily prevented with early oral care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen during my child’s first dental appointment?

The first dental appointment begins with questions about your child’s medical and oral health history. You will also be given an opportunity to discuss any questions you have as a parent or any symptoms your child may have been experiencing. Following a visual clinical exam and cleaning, the dentist depending on the needs and behavior of the child may recommend digital X-ray low in radiation in order to fully evaluate your child’s oral health. Furthermore, this appointment serves as an opportunity to discuss relevant oral health topics for your child including teething, prevention, and introduce in a friendly manner the dental setting.

Older kids may have their teeth cleaned and x-rayed for closer examination. Dentists often use the first dental appointment as an opportunity to speak with parents about the brushing, flossing and the importance of fluoride. It is also the time when pediatric dentists speak with parents about teething, preventing and beverages that contain sugar.

How do I choose a dentist for my child?

Here at Overjoyed Pediatric Dentistry, our pediatric dentist specializes only in the treatment of children and adolescents. Pediatric Dentist goes through 2-3 years of additional training in hospital and outpatient setting in order to obtain skills and experience in treating the full scope dental needs of children. Pediatric dentists provide relatable care to children in order for children to feel comfortable and at ease in the dental chair. For more information about pediatric dentistry, contact our office.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Children with healthy mouths and teeth typically need to visit the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and preventative care, such as cleanings and fluoride treatments. However, your child’s dentist may recommend an alternate schedule that better accommodates your child’s needs.

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