First Dental Visit at Age 1
The first dental visit, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, is at approximately one year of age. This is an ideal time for the dentist to carefully examine the development of your child's teeth and mouth. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the visit the better. To safeguard against problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking, the dentist can provide or recommend special preventive care. Think of this appointment as a “well-baby check-up” for your child’s teeth!
What Happens at the First Dental Visit?
This visit gives your child an opportunity to meet Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stockton in a non-threatening and friendly way. Our doctors and team members will spend time educating parents about oral health care for their child, discussing dental developmental issues and answering any questions. They will review your child’s health history, dental history and risk factors for cavities. During the exam, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stockton will check all of your child's existing teeth for decay, examine your child's bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. The dentist or hygienist will clean the teeth and apply fluoride. The most exciting part for the child is selecting their prize at the end of the appointment!
Important topics Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stockton may discuss:
• Good oral hygiene practices for your child's teeth and cavity prevention
• Fluoride needs
• Oral habits (thumb sucking or pacifier use)
• Developmental milestones
• Proper nutrition for a “tooth friendly” diet
• Schedule of dental checkups. We like to see children every 6 months to build the child's comfort and confidence level, to monitor the development of the teeth, and promptly diagnose any developing problems. Our goal is to prevent problems whenever possible! We feel that keeping a schedule of preventive dental appointments is an important step in reaching this goal.
Did you know? A study in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who have their first dental visit before age one have 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who do not.
New patients are always welcome to our office, please call us at 317-872-7272 today to schedule your child’s appointment. We look forward to being your child’s dental home.