Are you prepared? Find out how to be ready for this special day!
As adults you know how important good oral hygiene is, but you also need to know about how to prepare for your baby’s first dental visit. We have the answers to 4 of the most commonly asked questions about a baby’s first dental visit.
When should I schedule my baby’s first dental visit?
According to the American Dental Association, you should schedule the first pediatric dental appointment when their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday.
Why does my baby need to go to a dentist?
While your baby’s teeth are growing, they need to be cared for properly. Tooth decay in the primary teeth can result in tooth decay when the child develops their permanent teeth. Dental care for babies is important because you need healthy teeth to chew and speak properly. According to a study by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 60% of all children will have had a cavity by the age of 5.
What can I expect at the first visit?
You can expect an us to introduce them to the dental office, and making sure your child is comfortable and having a good time. We will discuss how to care for your child’s teeth, prevent cavities, healthy diet, and make sure your child is developing normally. Dr. Mona will conduct a dental exam, clean the teeth and place fluoride vitamins.
What can I do to prepare my baby for their first visit?
Some adults have a fear of or anxiety about going to the dentist, but we don’t want children to be afraid or nervous about going to the dentist. We recommend reading them a children’s book about going to a dentist.
Tips to Ensure a Positive Experience At Baby’s First Dental Visit
At Kangaroo Smiles, our top priority is to ensure that you are completely comfortable with all aspects of your baby’s first dental visit and we recommend the following tips:
- If possible, avoid scheduling an appointment during your child’s nap time.
- Stay positive and keep any fear or anxiety about dentists to yourself.
- Don’t bribe your child to go to the dentist or use it as a threat.
We have new contests and prizes every month to keep kids excited about coming back for their next appointment. For more information about your baby’s first dental visit or to schedule an appointment please contact us today!