Your child's first visit
The first regular dental visit should be just after your child's third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment.
During their first visit the dentist will:
- Examine their mouth, teeth and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb-sucking.
- Check to see if they need fluoride.
- Teach you about cleaning their teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
Tips for your child’s first visit:
- Take your child for a preview of our office or show your child our website.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing during their first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
What about preventative care?
At our office we use the latest in sealant technology to protect your child's teeth. Sealant is modern acrylic resin that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone permanent back teeth. This is just one of the ways we set the foundation for long-term oral health.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly are the best prevention.
Tips for cavity prevention
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks, taking special care to limit soda and sports drinks.
- Avoid sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.