The American Dental association recommends that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday. We take a more practical approach and recommend that kids come in between 2 1/2 and 3 years of age. National studies have shown that preschool aged children are getting more cavities. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the age of 4. Many kids get cavities as early as age 2.
In order to prevent cavities, parents first have to find out their child’s risk of developing cavities. They also need to learn how to manage diet, hygiene, and fluoride to prevent problems. Parents also need to be aware and understand:
* How to care for an infant’s or toddlers mouth
* Proper Use of Fluoride
* Oral habits including fingering and thumb-sucking
* Teething and milestone developments
* The link between diet and oral health
In our office we like to schedule the child at the same time as a parent or older sibling is having their teeth cleaned so they can watch what happens during the appointment.
As a family dentist in Stillwater, MN, we realize how important it is to make the first appointment as non-threatening as possible and usually just an examination where we count each tooth out loud. If the child is cooperative and in good spirits, we may progress to polishing teeth and possibly take some X-rays. If any treatment is needed, we will review treatment options with the parent and reschedule for a time of day when the child is most cooperative.
The focus is clearly on education, fun, and preventative dentistry as it relates to the entire family. Our experienced staff specializes in family dentistry and we are here to answer any questions you may have so your child gets off on the right path to good oral health. For more information on your first visit please feel free to call us any time www.tedjohnsondentist.com