Getting an early start with regular dental care is an important step to helping your child learn healthy lifetime habits. The first visit should take place shortly after the first tooth appears and no later than your child's first birthday. At the first visit, generally mom holds her child on her lap while the dentist:
- Performs a tooth decay risk assessment.
- Talks about a home preventive care program including brushing, flossing, diet and the importance of fluorides.
- Goes over information about early childhood cavities which could be caused by diet.
- Discuss the latest news about finger, thumb and pacifier habits.
- Talk about what you need to know to help prevent injuries to the mouth and teeth.
- Give you information about growth and development.
Did you know that 80% of tooth decay occurs in only 20% of the population? Mom's dental health is usually a good indicator of how her child's teeth will progress. During your visit, we'll talk with you to determine how at risk your child is. If your child is low-risk, he/she may not need to come back to the dentist until age 3. High-risk children may need to come in every 3 months. The majority of children should be seen by a dentist every 6 months.