At Premier Dental of Ohio, we care for your entire family! We believe it is important for all children to have good experiences at the dentist and to have them as early as possible, which is why Pediatric Dentistry is a core focus for our dental teams.
When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Appointment?
The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends that every child see a dentist when the first tooth appears or by his or her first birthday. Seeing a dentist this early provides several benefits for your child.
- We educate all parents on important aspects of your child’s dental health, from important nutrition facts to oral hygiene training.
- Your child becomes accustomed to dental visits without fear or pain.
- We monitor the growth and development of your child’s jaws and teeth, alerting you to any potential problems.
- We build a relationship with your child at an early age. We want to be your dentist for life!
What Does a First Dental Visit Include?
During your child’s first dental visit, we will introduce him to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the dental office. For children under the age of 2 years, we will perform a lap exam. The dentist and parent hold the child in their laps, allowing the dentist to evaluate his/her mouth and teeth. It is completely normal for a child to cry during this lap exam. Rest assured, he or she is not in any pain, and the open-mouthed crying actually gives us a great view of their teeth and jaws.
Older children (over the age of two) will have the opportunity to sit in the big dental chair during what we call a “happy visit”. At these visits, we let the child experience as much of a dental cleaning and exam as the child will allow.
What Types of Dentistry do Most Children Need?
Baby teeth are important! If they get cavities, it is always in the child’s best interest to treat them early. The most common procedures we perform on our littlest patients are sealants to prevent cavities and fillings to fix cavities.
We also stress the need for consistent professional teeth cleanings with our dental hygienists, fluoride treatments to strengthen the teeth, and regular dental exams to catch any dental problems as soon as possible.
Does Your Child Need to See a Dentist?
Call your nearest Premier Dental of Ohio location today to schedule a lap exam or happy visit for your young children. Let us know of any concerns you may have regarding your child’s teeth. We can help you put your child on the right track to great oral health!