When your infant starts teething, it’s important they see the dentist for their very first visit. Establishing an oral health routine for your child is one of the easiest ways to preserve their teeth and gums for years to come. At Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry in Yorktown Heights, New York, Staci Brunell, DMD, and the team provide baby’s first visit appointments for infants and toddlers. To schedule an appointment for your child, book a consultation online, or call the office today.
Your infant’s first dental appointment allows your dentist to tailor the exam to your infant’s oral health needs. It presents an opportunity for your child’s dentist to address baby bottle tooth decay, teething issues, and habits like finger sucking or pacifier use.
A child’s first visit usually takes 30-45 minutes. At the beginning of the appointment, your child’s provider carefully examines their gums, tongue, mouth, and jaws to check their growth and development. They also look for any potential issues or abnormalities.
Following the exam, your child’s provider discusses various topics, including:
During this time, feel free to speak up and ask questions. If you have any concerns about your child’s oral health, bring those up during this time as well.
The American Dental Association recommends that parents schedule a baby’s first visit after their first baby tooth erupts or shortly after their first birthday, whichever comes first. Routine dental care is still important, even though your child doesn’t have a full set of teeth.
If you can, try to schedule your child’s first visit in the morning, shortly after they wake up. This ensures your child is alert, fresh, and rested. If your child is preschool-aged or older, you might also want to let them know what to expect.
It’s normal for babies to cry or fuss during their first visit. You may find this stressful, but it’s nothing to worry about. You’ll be in the exam room the whole time. If necessary, you can hold your child’s hand or sit them on your lap.
At Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry, the team works hard to ensure a warm, welcoming, and positive first visit experience.
At the end of your child’s first visit, your child’s provider gives you a list of instructions to promote good oral hygiene. If your child doesn’t have any teeth, they might recommend cleaning your child’s gums with a clean, damp cloth.
If your child has one or two teeth, they ask you to start brushing. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a very small amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste. After your child turns three or older, you can start using a fluoridated toothpaste.
To limit tooth decay, try to limit sugary foods and beverages. You’ll also want to visit Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.
If it’s time for your baby’s first visit, schedule an appointment at Yorktown Pediatric Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.