When should my child first go to the dentist?
Because some cavities are unavoidable even in the presence of excellent oral hygiene and a good diet, your child should see the dentist within one year of the eruption of the first tooth. At Holt Family Dentistry we prefer to see kids at age 4 and above. At this visit Dr. Holt will check your child’s teeth and give you prevention strategies to help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
The first visit will start with a review of your child’s medical and dental history. You are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area for our initial exam. After a comprehensive examination of your child, any dental findings and treatment will be directly discussed with you. Dental x-rays are then taken if necessary followed by oral hygiene instruction and cleaning. If very young patients are reluctant for either the cleaning or x-rays, we may postpone that portion of the appointment. We want to make your child’s first appointment a positive experience in order to set the tone for future appointments.
Tips for a successful first visit
- Practice opening wide and looking at or counting teeth
- Don’t use “bad” words such as hurt, pain, drill and shot, as your child may dwell on these images
- Don’t tell your child about unpleasant dental experiences you may have had as a youngster (you will be surprised how different dentistry is now!)
Tips for a preventing cavities
- Brush twice a day and floss once a day
- Help or supervise your child’s brushing and flossing until he/she can do it well (usually age 7 for brushing and 9 for flossing)
- Eat balanced meals
- Avoid constant snacking throughout the day
- Avoid sipping on sweet drinks (juice, soda, Gatorade) for long periods of time
- Using an electric toothbrush is encouraged