The foundation for healthy teeth begins at a very young age. Even though a baby or toddler is not capable of taking care of their gums and teeth, parents can establish a good oral hygiene routine that will instill excellent oral habits and create a healthy mouth.
A good oral hygiene routine even for infants and toddlers includes regular dental check ups. It is recommended by the Canadian Dental Association that the first dental check up for a toddler is within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age.
The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group understand that the first dental visit for a toddler is a brand new experience. They do their best to make the dental visit fun and comfortable as well as aim to set off the introduction to the world of dentistry on a very positive note.
The purpose of the first dental visit is to access the toddlers teeth, see if there are any problems and if so, catch them in the early stages. This visit is also used by dentists to educate parents about their role in preventing cavities, how they can help with their child’s oral health, discuss dental developmental milestones and fluoride needs. There is also the opportunity for parents to ask questions and express any concerns they may have about their toddlers oral health.
The first dental visit is a time for the toddler to meet their dentist and become familiar with the dental office in very friendly way. A typical first visit is 10 minutes with the dentist and includes checking the toddlers existing teeth for decay, looking at the gums, jaw, child’s bite and counting of the teeth. Depending on the age of the toddler, x-rays, polish and fluoride might be administered by the dental assistant which takes 30 minutes. The dentist may also inquire about habits of the toddler that can affect their teeth and jaw. If they use a pacifier, suck their thumbs or fall asleep with a bottle of milk or juice it’s best to let the dentist know about this.
If you sense that your toddler will be anxious about their first visit, some dentists suggest having your toddler join you for your dental check up so they can become familiar with environment. Have your toddler participate in brushing and cleaning their teeth at home is also recommended and even reading books together about trips the dentist to prep your toddler for their first visit can be helpful.
The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group recommend seeing children for check ups every six months. This will build up the confidence level in the child for visiting the dentist and allow the dentist to monitor the development of their teeth as well as catch any oral health or development problems. Along with regular check ups, daily brushing and cleaning of the mouth is highly recommended as this will help prevent cavities and decay. If you have any questions or concerns about your toddler’s first visit to the dentist, please feel free to talk to the dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group.