Visiting a dentist by your child’s first birthday is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Although this may sound early, it is extremely important to teach proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, check for cavities, and watch for developmental problems.
Young children and babies can suffer from several types of tooth decay. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) is a condition that can quickly progress from the hard enamel layer on the outside of the tooth to the softer inner dentin layer inside the tooth.
The most important thing is for your child to have a positive experience at the dental office since he/she will be a regular visitor for years to come.
First dental visits at Solomon Kids are designed to make your child comfortable with the dentist. A child should see the dentist by the age of 12 months or within 6 months of the first tooth erupting.
It usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete the first visit. As your child grows and develops, your pediatric dentist may recommend a full examination of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues. Your child may also need a gentle cleaning if necessary. As part of this process, plaque, tartar, and stains are removed from the teeth and polished. During your child’s first dental visit, your dentist may show you and your child how to clean at home, such as flossing properly, and suggest fluoride supplements. X-rays may be included as part of their visit and can be expected to be done around the age of 3 and then once a year after their initial X-rays.