It has become a large question on when to take a child to the dentist for the first time. According the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry , the first visit to the dentist should take place within six months after your baby’s first tooth appears or not later than their first birthday. It is recommended that an appointment be made when your child is not having dental problems rather than waiting until an emergency. By becoming familiar with the dentist early on, it helps children to ease their way into the dental chair since the dentist may be frightening at first to young children.
At your child’s first dental visit you can expect for the dentist to go over instructions on how to properly clean your child’s teeth, what kind of diet is appropriate, fluoride needs and what oral care products are best suited for your child. The dentist will be readily available to answer any questions regarding baby teeth or best hygiene practices. Use this initial visit as an opportunity as a parent to build a relationship with the dentist as well. By providing any information regarding specific needs of your child, the dentist will be able to perform optimal treatment on your child.
If you have children that have not seen a dentist, please give Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry a call at (703)-348-2813 for an initial consultation! Dr. Jonathan Konz is a highly trained dental specialist who is dedicated to treating young children and adolescents. At Little Smiles, we understand that the dentist may be frightening at first, which is why we are certain that our staff will provide a warm and friendly environment so that your child can feel at ease in our office. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with Little Smiles today and look forward to having the pleasure of seeing you soon.