Caring for your child’s dental health from infancy helps set them up for a lifetime of good oral health habits. To start your child on the best dental path, Staci Brunell, DMD, and Gina Gill, DMD, recommend booking your free well baby visit for your child aged 2 or younger.
Attending a well baby visit with your infant or toddler at Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry in Yorktown Heights, NY, provides you both with a number of benefits, at no cost. Here are five reasons to book a well baby dental exam today.
1. Ensure your child’s mouth is healthy
Even the youngest children can develop gum disease, and — after their first teeth grow in — decay. When the decay gets caught early, our team can treat it before it develops into a more serious problem.
At a well baby dental visit, our dentists perform an exam that’s thorough but quick enough to be comfortable for a young child. During this exam, we look at your child’s entire mouth, including their teeth, gums, and tongue, with a handheld mirror.
If our team notices any issues with your child’s teeth or gums, we develop a treatment plan and, if needed, follow up for more information to ensure the issue gets treated quickly and comprehensively.
2. Get your child used to visiting the dentist
Some children struggle with anxieties about dental exams and are hesitant to visit the dentist. Starting children with dental visits as infants and toddlers helps them become comfortable early, making exams and procedures easier at every age.
Our dentists make dental visits feel safe and relaxing for young children, and the 10-15 minute duration keeps the visits from feeling too long. Well baby dental exams make the dentist’s office, and our dentists, familiar to children from their earliest years.
3. Have your questions answered
As a parent of a young child, you undoubtedly have questions about your child’s dental care and development. During your child’s well baby dental exam, our team sets time aside to answer any concerns or questions you have in an in-depth manner.
Our dentists recommend writing down any questions you have before the exam to ensure everything you need to know gets answered.
4. Become educated on dental care for children
Parents of infants and toddlers need to follow a good home care routine to keep their little ones’ mouths healthy. Our team educates you on the best way to take care of your child’s teeth and gums.
Our team carefully explains how to clean your child’s gums and teeth at an early age, when they’re too young to use a toothbrush and toothpaste. We also advise you on nutritional choices that are best for their teeth.
5. It’s 100% free
Our entire team at Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry is committed to starting every child out with healthy teeth. This means well baby dental exams are always free for children 2 and younger, so there’s no reason not to book this visit for your child.
Contact us to schedule your infant or toddler’s well baby dental exam.