Your child’s first regular visit to DHC should be after their third birthday. For this visit, parents bring their child into the exam room and it is typically very quick. We do recommend around age two, that you bring your child in during your visit, we find that this gets them comfortable with the team at DHC as well as the sights and sounds of our office.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Gentle tooth by tooth inspection to ensure proper development
- Inspect for areas of concern
- Discuss any habits that affect oral care, such as thumb sucking
- X-rays are a possibility to reveal decay and check permanent teeth
- We may clean teeth with topical fluoride
DISCUSS PROPER CARE:
- How to thoroughly clean their teeth
- How often should I clean my child’s teeth
- Recommended toothbrush, toothpaste
- Should they use floss?
- Possible fluoride treatments or additional care
- Schedule future visits
- Tour the office with your child ahead of time
- Read books about trips to the dentist
- Be positive about your dental visit
- Answer any questions
Children are very prone to tooth decay, so at DHC we are committed to helping you give your child a healthy smile that lasts! Sealants are one of the options that parents explore to help protect their children’s teeth. Sealant are mad from plastic that is bonded to the chewing surface of bath teeth, where most issues occur.
Preventing cavities in children can be a tall order. They typically happen from sugary foods and poor brushing technique. Ensuring your child brushes consistently and with proper technique is especially important. Limiting the sugary foods that create an acid reaction on the teeth is important to ensure that tooth decay and cavities are prevented.
- Be aware of drinks
- Avoid sticky food
- Limiting snacks
- Choose healthy snacks with meals
- Make sure brushing, flossing and rinsing is done correctly!