Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend that you bring your child to the dentist before they reach the age of 1? This visit is very important, and is specialized for your infant.
Your child will stay in your arms the entire time; our pediatric dentist is able to do a thorough exam in less than a minute. Most infants cry during this exam, but it actually helps us to see better. Our main goal is to make sure there is no evidence of decay or any other pathology.
We spend most of this visit talking to you and helping you create a positive foundation for your child’s oral health. Some of the topics we review are:
- Fluoride – this mineral is naturally occurring, so we want to investigate the various sources of water your child uses. Too much fluoride can cause problems with developing teeth. For example, if you have well water at home, we will give you a test kit to determine the amount of fluoride (if any) in your well.
- Hygiene – we discuss ways to make it easier for you to care for your child’s teeth.
- Habits – does your child suck his/her thumb or use a pacifier? We can answer any questions you have about these habits.
- Trauma – what to do if your child ever has trauma to his/her mouth and/or teeth.
- Questions – Most parents come with a lot of questions about their child’s teeth, and we give you plenty of time to ask anything you wish.