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Your Child’s Age One Dentist Visit: What You Need to Know

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Your Child’s Age One Dentist Visit: What You Need to Know

The child’s first dental visit is always a source of concern for many parents, especially those who have just gotten their first child. It is, therefore, common to find such parents asking questions such as: When should you take the child to the dentist for the very first time?

At Vita Dental Spring, we always advise all parents to stick to the recommendations provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The academy recommends that an infant be taken to see a dentist within six months of getting their first tooth, or by the time they are celebrating their first birthday.

What Normally Happens During the Initial Visit?

You should note that the first visit you make to the dentist with your infant will normally be very short. In addition, it will also involve very minimal treatment. The purpose of this visit is to enable your infant interact with the dentist in a manner that is friendly, and non-threatening.

All visits are different and, as such, it is important to follow what our professionals asks of you. There are instances where our dentists may request you to have a sit in their chair and hold the child as they are being examined. In other instances, you could be asked to wait outside in the reception area. The latter is to enable our Vita Dental Spring professional a chance to create a relationship with your infant.

In the course of the examination, our dentists will take at all the teeth in the infants mouth for any signs of decay. They will also examine your child’s bite, and while at it determine whether there are any potential problems in the oral tissue, jaws, and gums. If there is such an indication, the teeth will have to be thoroughly cleaned.

Before the cleaning can be done, an assessment has to be carried out to determine whether there is a need to use fluoride when cleaning the teeth. The first visit is also essential as this is where you get to learn about health care basics for an infant. You will also get a chance to learn about dental development, and have any questions that you may have answered.

Some of the topics you can expect to be addressed during the first visit include:

  • Proper nutrition
  • Good oral hygiene practices for the child’s gums and teeth
  • Teething
  • Cavity protection
  • Fluoride needs
  • Developmental milestones
  • Oral habits, e.g., lip sucking, thumb sucking, and thrusting of the tongue
  • Schedule of the dental checkups. We normally recommend that you bring your child for a checkup once every six months. This presents a great opportunity for you to build the infants confidence and comfort levels when it comes to visiting a dental office. It also makes it possible for us to monitor how their teeth are developing, as well as get a chance to address any issues that may be about to arise.

You should note that the legal guardian or parent who takes the child to their first dental appointment will be required to complete some health and medical information pertaining to the child. It is, therefore, important to make sure that one is properly prepared before making this first visit. Ensure you have all the necessary information.

Regular Dentists and Pediatric Dentists—What Is the Difference?

The main difference between these two types of dentists is the fact that pediatric dentists are required to study for an additional two years. This additional training focusses on the various needs of pediatric dental care, management and treatment of infant’s teeth, physical growth, child behavior, and physical development.

Although both professionals are fully capable of dealing, and addressing children dental health needs, the pediatric dentist, their personnel, as well as the decorations present in their offices will normally be geared towards children. This is meant to help relax the child.

If your infant has any special needs, it is recommended that all their dental health care needs be handled by a pediatric dentist. Make inquiries from the physician or your personal dentist on what they recommend for such a child.

When Should Your Child Go for their First Dental X-ray?

Currently, there is no fast or hard rule on when your infant should start going for their dental X-rays. It all depends on your infant. For instance, a child who is prone to dental problems, e.g., palate or left clip and those prone to tooth decay should have their X-rays taken by the time they are five or six years old.

Your child is likely to start developing his or her adult teeth by their six birthday. Having a dental X-ray is important, as it helps the pediatric dentist check how the teeth are developing, as well as check for bite problems, while attempting to establish whether they are healthy, and clean.

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, what to expect on the child’s first dental visit or make a consultation, visit any of our Vita Dental Spring offices located in Katy, and Spring, TX.