Many parents are excited as they witness the first signs of their child’s baby teeth beginning to come in. It is a landmark that brings about changes in their ability to bite, chew and speak more clearly. These tiny teeth are very important to your child’s oral health and it is essential to take care of them even though they will eventually fall out. Many parents are surprised to find out that early dental visits are recommended as soon as their first baby tooth emerges. It is not uncommon for pre-school aged children as young as the age of two to have at least one cavity. Being proactive and scheduling early visits can help determine if your child is at a greater risk for cavities and discuss an individual treatment plan that fits all of your child’s needs. Your dentist in Fort Walton Beach urges early dental visits to care for those precious baby teeth, and to help you establish good oral health habits that will last a lifetime.
Preparing Your Young Child For A Visit
Your first visit is a chance for the dentist to get to know your child, assess their oral health and answer any questions you may have. A consultation can help to prevent potential problems or treat them more easily if caught in the early stages. This is also a time to get to know your dentist and begin building a relationship. Finding the right dental care for your child is an important step. The following is a list of things to keep in mind during your visit:
- The office should have an air of friendliness and responsiveness toward you and your child. A gentle and kind environment is very important, as young children can become fussy and uncooperative at times.
- Make sure the dentist is focused on your child’s specific needs and willing to show you how to help provide good oral hygiene for your child.
- Your dentist should be knowledgeable about how to care for a young child’s oral healthcare and development.
- Remember that your child may become fussy so it is wise to leave other children at home that may become distracting, and bring a favorite toy along to keep them calm.
What To Expect
Your first visit may resemble a well-baby check like you find at your physician’s office. Many worry that a child may become upset during the visit, but often a young child will find the gentle attention provided by the dentist interesting and pleasing. For the examination, you will be asked to sit in a chair facing your dentist. Your child will sit in your lap and then be lowered back to rest their head in your dentist’s lap. Your child will be looking up at you while the dentist examines your child’s mouth. At this time your dentist will show you how to care for your child’s teeth, discuss their history, address any specific issues, and explain what you can expect in the coming months.
Good oral health begins early and your Fort Walton Beach dentist wants to help you get the best start possible. Dr. Hodges is committed to partnering with you and your child and looks forward to many years of great oral health and creating winning smiles.