Baby teeth aren’t just a new stage in your child’s development, they also allow children to try out a variety of new foods they could not eat previously. It is around this time that you should really begin to consider scheduling their first visit to a dentist. Many parents of infants may not be concerned yet with dental care, thinking “She’s only got four teeth right now. What’s the rush?”
But the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children visit the dentist prior to their first birthday. Although these initial dental visits are primarily informative, they can be important in helping concerned parents to establish a regular oral care routine for their child that can mean a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Prepare in Advance
To help your child have a positive first visit with the dentist, make sure they are well rested and not hungry when it’s time for the appointment. It can be difficult helping your child remain still and have a successful exam so it may be helpful to write down a list of questions ahead of time to ask the dentist so you don’t forget anything when you are distracted.
Check with your dental insurance provider about coverage and copays prior to the day of your child’s first dentist visit to make sure he or she is covered. Most dental providers will ask for proof of dental and medical insurance at the time of the appointment. Finally, do not forget to bring a list of your child’s current medications, if any, and all personal and medical information necessary to complete a health history form.
With older children, it is advisable to discuss prior to your arrival what will happen during the first visit to help avoid excessive nervousness at the time of the exam. If your child is still anxious about the appointment, try to ease his or her worries by reading books about dentists or by watching videos about children’s trips to the dentist to help them be less worried about what the visit will be like.
What to Expect during Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
During your child’s first visit, the dentist will normally educate you on proper care for the teeth and gums of babies. Pacifier use and how proper nutrition aids in the development of healthy teeth may also be discussed. You may also be taught brushing techniques so you are able to effectively assist your children with oral care. The dentist should also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
By establishing a good working relationship with your child’s dentist, you can ensure that your child is practicing proper dental hygiene from an early age. Scheduling regular dental appointments from an early age will help your children learn to be comfortable with dental care and will teach them to make maintaining oral health a priority.
Pediatric Dental Care in Arlington Heights, IL
Whether your child needs their first dental appointment or you’re looking for a new dentist for yourself, Dr. Brent Engelberg and Josh Oleari of AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL want to help you. Call our office at (847) 230-9703 or schedule an appointment online today!