The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child sees a dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts but no later than their first birthday.
The first visit typically starts with a thorough review of the child’s dental and medical history and a comprehensive examination. If necessary, dental x-rays will be taken at this visit. The dentist will check your child’s teeth for bite issues and make sure that teeth are erupting properly. The dentist will also make sure that teeth and gums are healthy. Depending on the age of your child, a dental hygienist or assistant will clean your child’s teeth and review good brushing and flossing technique. The dentist may also discuss a tooth-healthy diet and any habits, such as thumb sucking or frequent snacking. Of course, you and your child will have plenty of time to ask questions and get to know our team.
At Dentistry for Kids and Adults, we want to ensure that your child enjoys a pleasant and a comfortable visit with us. We use “Tell-Show-Do” technique to help your child understand what to expect next. This means that we first explain what we will do in simple, non-threatening words. Then, we’ll show them by demonstrating what we will do. Finally, we will do what we showed. We also use positive reinforcement and distraction technique to keep kids engaged and motivated.