When should my child first see the dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should be seen by a dentist around his or her first birthday—or six months after you notice the first tooth erupting through the gum. Teeth generally begin coming in when your child is around six months of age.
What Will Happen During the First Visit?
Your child will be made to feel relaxed and comfortable while we examine his or her mouth for the first time. At this initial visit, we’ll be looking at your child’s teeth, gums, and bite. We may opt to do a cleaning and topical fluoride application. Following this, we’ll offer you practical advice on how to maintain your child’s oral health.
We’ll show you how to brush your child’s teeth and tell you the best toothbrush to use. We’ll offer dietary tips to keep cavities at bay, and we’ll recommend the best products to help your child through teething.
At Prairie Dental Care, we have a lot of experience with children’s dentistry and spend a lot of time with parents during their child’s first visit to the dentist. We want to answer all your questions and address your concerns. Our goal is to make you and your child feel relaxed in our Aurora, Illinois office.