In reality, baby teeth are considered as more essential since these are the ones that hold space for a person’s permanent teeth.
Indeed, decay in baby teeth heightens the risk of dental caries in permanent teeth.
Even though dentists these days recommend that children visit a dentist for the first time at the time they reach the age of one, dental checkups twice per year as well as proper dental care at home are actually the secrets to ensuring pearly and healthy teeth all through childhood.
Meanwhile, for toddlers, the first dental visit may be a frightening proposition.
Loud noises, bizarre instruments and new faces can truly bother even the most easygoing two-year-old.
However, with careful preparation as well as some prizes, a first dental trip can really be interesting and fun.
What happens when a child visits the dentist for the first time?
The first dental visit commonly takes a few minutes and comprise of very little treatment. This first visit gives the toddler a chance to meet the dentist in a friendly and non-scary way.
Some dentists may request either the mother or the father to sit in the dental chair and hold the toddler at the time of dental exam. Likewise, parents may be requested to wait for a few minutes in the reception area in order for the dentist and for the child to develop a friendly and comfortable relationship.
At the time of dental exam, the dentist will check all of the child’s existing teeth for any indications of decay; he or she will also check the child’s bite and of course search for any possible issues with the oral tissues, jaw and gums. If indicated, the dental hygienist or dentist will clean any teeth and evaluate the need for fluoride.
Indeed, the dentist shall educate the parents of the child regarding the basics of dental health care for kids and talk about oral developmental problems and respond to any queries.
Here is the list of the topics which the dentist may tackle during the child’s first dental visit:
- Proper dental hygiene practices for the child’s gums, mouth, teeth and cavity prevention
- Oral habits such as lip sucking, tongue thrusting and thumb sucking
- Fluoride needs for children
- Proper nutrition
- Developmental milestones
- Schedule of dental examinations or checkups. There are several dentists who prefer to see the child at least twice per year in order to boost his or her confidence and comfort level in seeing the dentist. In the same way, this is also the dentist’s way to monitor the child’s teeth development and also for the dentist to urgently treat any developing complications.
For parents, please be guided that it is crucial to provide the dentist with a list of any medical conditions the toddler is experiencing as well as the medications he or she takes. Likewise, it helps to provide the contact number of the child’s pediatrician in case the dentist requires more health information.