Before your child's first birthday, you should schedule their very first dentist appointment. According to Discovery Dental—a family dentistry practice in Eagle River, Alaska—the goal is to begin dental care as soon as the first tooth erupts. By bringing your child to the dentist at this point in their life, you will ensure that their mouth is developing properly and help to prevent dental problems.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the first dental exam:
- How Do I Prepare For My Child's First Visit? It's a good idea to take your child to a family dentist who has appropriately sized tools to fit smaller mouths. Once you've found the right dental clinic, send the office copies of your child's medical records and confirm that these documents have been received. Take some time to create a list of questions you have for the dentist, such as bottle-feeding recommendations and how to properly clean your baby's mouth. Even though your child is still very young, it's important to approach the visit positively, so try to stay upbeat on your way to the appointment.
- What Should You Expect On The First Visit? The first appointment will set the tone for your child's future interactions with the family dentist, so try to make this experience as relaxing as possible. The dentist will perform a simple exam of your baby's gums, teeth, and palate. Then he or she will explain techniques for protecting your child's teeth. The dentist may demonstrate how to clean your baby's mouth with a soft cloth or infant-sized toothbrush. If your child has a tooth or teeth, they'll likely encourage you to use a smear of fluoride-free toothpaste while cleaning.
- How Long Is The First Visit? The first dental session should last no longer than 30 minutes. To keep your child calm during this time, schedule the appointment earlier in the day when they will probably be better rested.
To schedule your child's first dentist appointment, call Discovery Dental at (907) 622-5437 today. You can also learn more about this Eagle River dental clinic and their services by visiting them online and on Facebook.