It’s recommended that you bring your baby in for their first infant dental care visit within six months of the first tooth’s eruption. This visit usually takes place around his or her first birthday. During this first visit your little one will meet with a dentist for babies, these providers are known as pediatric dentists.
Why Is Infant Dental Care Important?
Because decay can occur in even the smallest of teeth, the earlier your baby visits us, the more likely they are to avoid issues.
During their first visit, our pediatric dentists look for any signs of early problems with your baby’s oral health and discuss with you the best way to care for their teeth. Remember that preparing for each baby dental care visit with a positive attitude goes a long way toward making your child comfortable with regular checkups.
Helping Your Child With Their Visit To The Dentist
Our lap exams are designed to evaluate your child’s dental health and development, answer any questions you may have, and to help get you and your child off to a great start with infant dental care.
In the lap exam you will sit knee-to-knee with one of our hygienists, with your child secured, lying back across a cushion in your laps. The hygienist will perform a cleaning and review your child’s nutrition and home healthcare, using puppets to engage and educate. The doctor will then come in for the exam, looking at tooth development, signs of decay, and applying a topical fluoride treatment.
Your child’s initial in-office lap exam may be unfamiliar and cause some reluctance in their behavior, but with positive reinforcement at home with lap exams done daily and continuous visits, we can grow our relationship with your child and begin their steps to a happy and healthy dental life. Typically at age three, when more communication can be comprehended by your child, we graduate them from baby dental care into our “big kid” chair to begin treatment in our pediatric dental chairs.