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When should a child have their first dental appointment?

April 5, 2021 by  
Filed under Health

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

As a parent, you may be wondering when you should take your child for their first dental appointment. Usually, dentists recommend visiting a dentist after a child’s first birthday. Your first visit is important as the dentist will check a child’s teeth for any abnormalities, while providing advice on good oral habits.

When choosing a dentist it is recommended to choose a pediatric dentist as they specialize in children and provide a fun, relaxed environment for a child’s first dental appointment. Pediatric dental clinics also use small-sized dental equipment that can make children feel comfortable. If a child’s first visit is positive, chances are that they will be happy to visit the clinic again and be encouraged to keep their teeth clean.

To prepare for the appointment, clean a child’s teeth gently with cloth (or gauze) and water. There are specially designed toothbrushes for young children which are a good alternative, however, avoid using fluoride until a child is 2 years old. Using fluoride when teeth are forming can cause discoloration and spots. Cleaning a child’s gums early can help to get children accustomed to a daily dental routine and make them feel comfortable at their first dental visit.

At your first visit, a dentist will tell a child to remain on their parent’s lap to make them feel relaxed. They will then examine a child’s jaws, check for tooth decay and their bite. They will also look for issues that may affect a child’s teeth growth and speech patterns. The dentist will then carefully clean the child’s teeth and advise the parent on good oral habits. Dentists recommend two visits a year but check with your dentist if this is necessary.

This article is provided by Elite Dental Group headed by Dr. Andre Eliasian who is known as one of the best dentists in Glendale, CA. The clinic offers a wide range of services including cosmetic dentistry, wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants, tooth whitening, oral surgery, and more. If you are in Glendale, Burbank or neighboring cities call them for a consultation.

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