Your child’s first dental visit should be just after their first birthday. This visit is sometimes referred to as a “Peak & Play,” whereby the main objective is to make your child feel comfortable and evaluate the teeth and make sure that proper development is occurring without complication. Dr. Harris encourages you to accompany your child; however, as your child becomes a little older and more independent, we ask that you wait in the reception area so that the dental hygienist can build a relationship between your child and your dentist.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-Rays are not usually taken until five-six years of age but are recommended individually if signs of decay or tooth development are in question. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against corrosion. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most importantly, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
We have been asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. But, so many children enjoy the “ride in the chair” and learning about “Mr. Thirsty” … your child’s reaction to their first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
We want to avoid childhood tooth decay and set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health at our office. That’s why we focus on the importance of all aspects of preventive care. These are just a few of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s healthy smile:
The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities. The enamel is solid and able to handle a lifetime of drinking and eating; however, we encourage less chewing and sipping throughout the day to promote a less acidic environment that can lead to more frequent cavities.
Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they hold space for permanent teeth, but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason, it is essential to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
If you have any questions about your child’s oral health or are ready to make an appointment at our Barnstable, MA office, please call us at 508-362-4885.
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