Your Child’s First Visit
We recommend that your child first visits the dentist prior to their second birthday. Following the initial visit, a schedule of regular check-ups will be suggested.
We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit; so that, a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
During your first visit, the dentist will:
- Examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- Check to see if your child needs fluoride.
- Teach you and the child about cleaning the teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
How Do I Prepare My Child for Their First Visit?
This is one of our most common questions about starting dental treatment! The first dentist visit can be a fun learning experience for children. Make brushing fun at home and explain to your child the dental visit will be just as easy.
Here are some “First Visit” tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
At Victor Family Dentistry we are always engaged in preventative care, especially for our younger patients. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth.
Cavities are often caused by diets high in sugar coupled with poor brushing habits. We encourage a healthy diet and establishing a regular brushing routine early in life. Naturally occurring bacteria coupled with a high sugary diet and natural oral acid can cause decay, if a patient is not keeping up with good oral health practices.
Tips for cavity prevention
- Limit the frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.