As a new parent you want to take the necessary steps to ensure your child’s health. Many parents ask when is the time to take their child to the dentist. The short answer is by their first birthday. Starting early with regular dental checkups is one of the ways you can secure your child’s oral health and establish a “dental home” for our child where she will feel at ease and comfortable. When you bring your child in before their first birthday the doctor and staff can establish trust and make coming to the dentist a stress free and enjoyable experience for your child and you.
Your child’s first visit isn’t just about checking their teeth and gums. It is a chance for your doctor to share important information with you and educate you on proper oral care for your child. At your child’s first visit your doctor may discuss the following with you:
- How to care for your baby’s mouth and gums
- Thumb sucking and other oral habits
- The use of fluoride
- Milestones of development and teething
- The link between oral health and diet
Your child’s first visit is also a time where you can ask your doctor any questions you may have and learn the proper technique to teach your child when brushing their teeth. It is also a chance for your doctor to set up a schedule of regular preventive visits for your child and monitor their development and oral health.
What to Look for in a Pediatric Dentistry Practice
When you are looking for a pediatric dentistry practice you want a friendly and compassionate clinic. Be sure they are child friendly and offer pediatric services. A dentistry which exclusively serves children is the best since their entire office and practice is geared toward the treatment and care of children. When you meet the doctor and staff they should be responsive to your questions and concerns.
They should also have patience if your child becomes fussy. It is normal for children to fuss at visits, and if the doctor and staff are accepting of this your child will form a trust with them and become more relaxed. You may want to visit the office before you visit so you and our child can meet the staff. A pediatric practice which meets all these criteria is known as a dental home. It is a place where your child is treated with compassion and respect and made to feel at ease.
Dr. Loving and her entire staff love working with children. They make each child feel special and do their best to make them feel at ease and at home. Call or contact us today and set up a time to come check us out and meet the doctor and staff.