Did you know that when a child’s first tooth erupts from her gums, it’s time to visit the dentist? This first tooth usually shows up when a baby is six months to a year old. So if the time has come for your child to visit the dentist for the first time, you might be wondering what you can expect as a parent. Good news! Our team will help put your mind at ease by giving you a look at what tends to happen during a child’s first dentist appointment.
Typically the first appointment with your child is usually short and involves very little treatment. The visit to the dentist introduces your child to the dental environment in a non-threatening and fun way, ensuring that she feels comfortable and welcomed for future visits.
During the exam your dentist will make sure your child’s erupted teeth haven’t had any damage done to them. This usually involves checking for decay, examining your child’s bite and looking for any potential problems with the gums, jaw and oral tissues. If our dental staff sees anything of note, they will clean the teeth and assess the need for further treatment.
Your dentist will also educate you as a parent on proper oral health care and discuss any developmental issues. If you have any questions, now is a good time to discuss them with our dental staff. We will be able to answer any concerns you may have about your child’s teeth.
Please give our office a call today to schedule your baby’s first dental appointment at 503.342.8500.