Many new parents find themselves wondering when their child's first dental appointment should be. The answer is that earlier is almost always better! At Clearwater Family & Sedation Dentistry, we offer a full range of dental services to patients from birth through adulthood. No matter how old your child is, if you have a dental concern or question, we are ready to help.
Taking children to the dentist early is crucial to establishing a good oral care habit for your kids. The earlier you start, the better your child's relationship with the dentist will be, and the less chance you have of melt downs when a frightened preschooler is in the dental chair for the first time.
Babies should be seen by the dentist when their teeth first start to appear, which will happen any time between four and seven months for most babies. At your child's first dental appointment, we will discuss good oral care for babies, including steps to take to avoid baby bottle tooth decay, and cavity prevention for the early years.
As your child gets older, we will work to develop a strong relationship with him to make trips to the dentist exciting and fun. Over time, children may need more procedures, such a sealants, and will need to have routine cleanings, fluoride treatment and x-rays. At times these procedures may be frightening, but Clearwater Family & Sedation Dentistry is committed to keeping your child comfortable. To our patient's children, dentist appointments are not something to be feared.
As a family dentistry practice, we treat your children into their adult years, so your child can see the same dentist as an adult. We often have entire families that come to our clinic, so mom and dad see the same dentist as the kids do. This is one of the primary benefits of working with a family dentistry practice. We are also available for emergencies, which are inevitable with children. Give us a call today to schedule your child's first appointment, and begin setting the stage for a lifetime of good oral health.
When should my child have their first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends "First visit by first birthday." Pediatricians agree. The first visit would include a visual examination to be sure your baby has a healthy mouth, oral hygiene instructions for the parents, and a new toothbrush to take home!
How many times a day should you brush your teeth?
Brushing your teeth properly three times a day is ideal. Softly brushing your teeth at least twice a day is recommended. One of our gentile, friendly hygienists would be happy to see you to evaluate your brushing techniques, clean off any tarter and stain, and get you on the right path for proper brushing techniques.
How many times a day should you floss your teeth?
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. Picking a time of day that works best for you is a great way to start the habit!
Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?
Not unless it continues into the preschool years. Call Clearwater Family & Sedation, we would be happy help with any questions you may have with your child's teeth.