CHILD'S FIRST DENTAL VISIT
When To Schedule
Our office, as well as The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
What to Expect
Dr. Chalsey and the team at CORE Dental Care make the comfort of you and your child a priority. At his/her first visit, we will review your child's health history, complete a clinical exam (using the necessary digital x-rays and photographs), clean and apply fluoride to the teeth. Understandably, some children will be apprehensive at this visit. We respect your child's boundaries and work very hard to make your child comfortable so that we are able to complete treatment.
Our goal is to make sure all of your questions regarding your child's dental health are answered. A portion of our time together at this first visit will be dedicated to discussing your concerns and providing you with the information and tools that can help minimize your child's risk of tooth decay. Prevention is the best treatment we can offer!
Tips to Prepare for the First Visit
On the day of your child's appointment, tell them you’re going to visit a tooth doctor who will count their teeth and teach them how to take care of their teeth.
Emphasize the adventure of visiting a new place, meeting new people and being the center of attention. Do NOT use words like ‘drill,’ ‘hurt’ or ‘needle’ – they are inappropriate and will only create anxiety in your child.
Prior to being seen at our office, new patient forms will need to be completed for your child and reviewed by our staff. These forms will be sent to you via email; we ask that you complete the new patient forms prior to your child's first appointment. For your convenience and security, these forms will be submitted electronically to our office.
Caring for your child's teeth at home
Avoid putting infants and children to bed with bottles or sippy cups. Baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries is caused by long, frequent exposure to sugary liquids, either at night or throughout the day or both. Milk, formula, juice, sports drinks and any other sugary drinks given in bottles or sippy cups can cause extensive and serious decay problems for your child.
We encourage discontinuing bottles and sippy cups by the age of 1. If you allow your child to use a sippy cup, we recommend filling it with water only.
- Starting at birth, clean your child's gums with a soft cloth and water.
- As soon as your child's teeth erupt, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- If they are under the age of 3, use a small "smear" of toothpaste.
- If they're 3-6 years old, use a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste.
- Be sure and use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste and make sure your child does not swallow it.
- When brushing, the parent should brush the child's teeth until they are old enough to do a good job on their own.
- Flossing removes plaque between teeth and under the gumline where a toothbrush can't reach.
- Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch.
- Floss your child's teeth for them daily until he/she can do it alone.
Strong teeth and bones require a healthy diet! Just like the rest of our body, our teeth benefit from healthy food choices. Reducing the amount of sugar your child eats, especially sugars in liquid form (soda, juice, milk, sports drinks) will decrease your child's risk of developing cavities. Eating balanced meals and healthy snacks like, cheese and fresh vegetables, will help your child to develop healthy habits for a healthy smile for years to come.