HAPPY VISITS

YOUR CHILD’S FIRST DENTAL VISIT SHOULD BE A HAPPY VISIT

It is generally recommended that a child be seen by a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in.

What Happens at the First Dental Visit?

The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way. Dr.Machen may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the exam.

During the exam, Dr. Machen will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. If indicated, the hygienist will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride. She will also educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions

Some children who may be at higher risk for dental problems (for example, those prone to baby bottle tooth decay or those with cleft lip/palate) should have X-rays taken earlier than others. Usually, most children will have had X-rays taken by the age of 5 or 6. As children begin to get their adult teeth around the age of 6, X-rays play an important role in helping Dr. Machen to see if all of the adult teeth are growing in the jaw, to look for bite problems, and to determine if teeth are clean and healthy.

If it’s time for your child’s first “Happy Visit,” give us a call to schedule an appointment today!