Rudy Says…”See you on your first birthday!”
Your Child’s First Dental Visit…
The American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Rudy all agree that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday. It’s best to meet the dentist when your child is having no dental problems—don’t wait until an emergency comes up.
Why schedule a visit so early?
Just like a well-baby visit with your pediatrician, it’s equally important that you help us show you how to clean your child’s teeth, discuss diet and fluoride needs and recommend oral care products so we can answer your questions about your baby’s teeth and check for problems, such as tooth decay. Having a well-baby checkup at this age also connects your child with us early on so we can get to know your them and your family’s specific needs and therefore provide the best care possible. If your child is a toddler, we of course will gently examine their teeth and gums, and look for decay and other problems and If necessary perform a light cleaning. Your toddler can also be checked for problems related to habits such as prolonged thumb or finger sucking.
Two more important ways we can prevent cavities include fluoride treatments and dental sealants, including a coating that protects the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. We will let you know if these treatments are right for your child.
Each child has different oral health needs, but it’s almost always true that preventive care from can save time, money and most importantly…your child’s teeth!
Tips for a Positive Dental Visit
- Schedule your child’s first visit between the arrival of the first tooth and his first birthday.
- If possible, schedule a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
- Stay positive and keep to yourself any anxiety that you might feel about this visit, or they will feel your anxiety and get nervous as well.
- Never bribe your child or use the visit as a punishment or threat!
- Finally, try to make your child’s first visit with us an enjoyable outing. Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifetime of good dental health.
Some of the topics we will discuss with you and your child include but are not limited to:
- Good oral hygiene practices for your child’s teeth and gums
- Cavity prevention
- Fluoride needs
- Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking)
- Developmental milestones
- Proper Nutrition
OK…that should be enough information now! We look forward to seeing you here at Pediatric Dentistry West in Indianapolis!