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Things You Should Know During Your Child’s First Dentist Visit

A child should be taken to a dentist by the age of one or within six months of the child’s teeth being visible. It is to ensure that the child gets optimum oral care despite there being no need for any treatment to be provided.

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What Happens During The Visit?

As mentioned earlier there will be no need for any treatment to be provided to the child but the visit will give the child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a friendly atmosphere. Dentists may request the parents hold the child and sit in the dentist’s chair during the exam. The dentist may also request the parents to wait in the reception area to ensure they can build a relationship with the child.

During the exam, the dentist will be checking the existing teeth of the child for decay, examine the bite of the child, check for any potential problems with the gums, oral tissues, and the jaw. If any indications are found the dentist will clean any teeth and assess the need to use fluoride. The parents will also be educated about the oral health care basics for children while discussing developmental issues and answering any questions.

Topics Dentists Will Discuss With Parents

  • Parents can expect to receive a host of information from dentists about the following issues::
  • Good oral hygiene practices for the child’s teeth and gums and cavity prevention.
  • Fluoride needs.
  • Oral habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and lip sucking.
  • Developmental milestones.
  • Teething.
  • Proper nutrition.
  • Schedule of dental checkups. A number of dentists prefer to see children every six months in order to build the comfort of the child and the confidence level when they visit the dentist and to monitor the development of the teeth and promptly to treat any problems that may be developing.
  • Parents will be required to complete medical and health information forms concerning the child during the first visit and therefore it is advised that parents be prepared with the necessary information.

What Is the Difference Between A Regular Dentist And A Pediatric Dentist

A Pediatric dentist would have received two years additional training after completing his or her dental school. The training provided will focus on the management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth along with the special needs of dentistry for children. Although regular dentists are also capable of addressing the oral health of your child a pediatric dentist will be a better choice because they have all the equipment necessary to put your child at ease. The pediatric dentist should be considered if your child has any special needs. You should be asking your dentist or your child’s doctor for the recommendations before deciding on the type of professional for the care of the child’s oral health.

When Should Children Get Their First Dental X-Ray

No rules have been specified by the medical certainly stating the age when dental x-rays can be taken for children. Some children are at a higher risk of dental problems and may be required to have x-rays taken earlier than the rest. X-rays, however, have an important role to play when children begin developing adult teeth by the age of five or six. The x-rays can help the dentist understand whether the adult teeth are growing in the jaw. They can also identify any problems with the biting and determine if the teeth are clean and healthy.

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Parents of young children taking their child for its first visit to the dentist do not have to be concerned about any problems or treatments. This will just be a visit to ascertain the oral health of the child and therefore they should be looking forward to the visit. Parents will be given a lot of information which will prove helpful for them as well as the oral health of their child.

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