It is generally advised that your child come in for their first dental visit, when the first baby tooth is visible or when they reach 12 months - whichever comes first. Of course, if there is something concerning you, it is better to have it assessed earlier.
The dentist will take a full medical history and look at your child's overall health and development. Although this may appear to be very casual and laid back; it is still an important milestone in your child's dental development. The initial dental visit is to start the process of getting your child accustomed to the smells, sounds, equipment and people at the dental office. It is to help your child form a favourable perception of the visits to the dentist.
IT is also a wonderful opportunity for you as the parents to discuss any concerns you may have.
Topics that might be discussed include:
- How to brush your child's teeth
- What toothpaste to use
- Tongue ties
- Enlarged tonsils, persistent colds and infections
- Habits: such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing
- Risk of getting decay and how to prevent it
- Nutritional advised to decrease chance of decay as well as assisting in growth of jaw bones
- The bite (occlusion)