YOUR CHILD’S FIRST VISIT
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first visit occur by your child's first birthday. You can make the first visit enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the doctor and her staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The fewer to-do's concerning the visit, the better.
We strive to make going to dentist fun and exciting for your child, that's why we use The Mighty MolarMan Experience to engage children and make them feel comfortable before they even come in.
To prepare your youngster for the initial visit, first visit mightymolarman.com and take your child through The Mighty MolarMan Experience.
Tell your child that the doctor wants to get to know them; present this visit as an exciting experience for yourself and for your child. Second, tell your child that we will “count,” “brush,” and “take pictures” of his/her teeth. By explaining the exam and the cleaning in these terms, your child will better understand the situation. Most importantly, be incredibly positive about this experience. Avoid negative words such as “hurt,” “drill,” “pull,” and “shot.” Also, do not use statements such as “the doctor will hurt you.” This initial examination involves nothing uncomfortable and should be perceived by the child as non-threatening. It is our goal to make this first visit the most positive experience possible.
During the first visit, the doctor will complete an examination or “count the teeth”. The primary goal of this visit is to develop a rapport with your child. A cleaning, fluoride and x-rays may or may not be done at this first visit depending on your child’s needs. At the end of the appointment, the doctor will spend time discussing important topics to help you take care of your child’s teeth, including diet, hygiene, fluoride and cavity prevention.
For your convenience... Click on the below link to Download a New Patient Health History Form. Please print and complete the form and bring it with you on your first visit to our office.
DURING YOUR FIRST VISIT THE DENTIST WILL:
Examine your mouth, teeth and gums.
Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
Check to see if you need fluoride.
Teach you about cleaning your teeth and gums.
Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
TIPS FOR CAVITY PREVENTION
Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
Watch what your child drinks.
Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
Make treats part of meals.
Choose nutritious snacks.
The first baby teeth that normally come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. On an average, you will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby's teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don't. Don't worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different. Females have a tendency of an earlier eruption pattern than males. Eruption is also influenced by genetics and family history.
As teeth begin to erupt your child may become irritable, sleepless and have a loose in appetite due to tender and sore gums. Here is a great video for tips on how to deal with a teething baby. Teething Video
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and good daily hygiene.