When should I bring my child in for his or her first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry along with Dr. Birch and Spartanburg Pediatric Dentistry recommends making the first dental visit before your child’s first birthday. This is because healthy dental habits, from the start, will have a lasting impact on your child’s smile and overall health.
Why is it important to take care of baby teeth?
Healthy baby teeth will result in healthy permanent teeth and a lasting, beautiful smile. Also, baby teeth affect the way your child speaks and eats. By bringing your child to the dentist early they can come to build a trusting, friendly relationship with their dentist. If your child is missing any baby teeth, this initial dental visit can identify the need for orthodontics. Also, as a parent, you can come to learn the importance of oral hygiene, the relationship of nutrition to dental health, cavity prevention, the importance of fluoride, and all the other components to keeping your child’s teeth healthy and strong.
What will happen on the first visit?
At Spartanburg Pediatric Dentistry we are prepared to make your child’s first visit an enjoyable experience. An initial visit will sometimes include digital x-rays, a review of the child’s health history, a full mouth exam, and an assessment of the child’s dental needs. The dentist may also check the gums and surrounding tissues to identify any potential problems. The child will then have a cleaning and fluoride treatment. He or she will also be taught how to properly brush and floss. For younger children, parents will be taught how to care for their child’s teeth.