When & What Is My Child’s First “Regular” Visit?
Just as adults have their own special dental needs, so do children. And it’s important that children see the dentist early on – while they’re still toddlers – so they’ll feel good about oral health care. According to both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child’s first dental visit should take place at six months of age or within six months of their first erupted tooth. From birth to age 13, we’re here to take care of all your child’s dental needs.
During your child’s first visit the dentist may:
- Assess your child risk of dental problems such as decay or crowded teeth.
- Clean your child’s teeth.
- Apply a fluoride treatment.
- Take an x-ray of your child’s teeth. (starting normally around age 3 or 4)
- Educate them on good oral hygiene and show them how to brush and floss.
- Discuss treatment options if necessary.
- Talk about possible needs in the future and answer any questions you may have.