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Pediatric Dentistry: What Age Should My Child Start Visiting The Dentist?

Laura Heckart - Thursday, February 09, 2017

 

 

Being a new mother can be scary, especially when you think about all the medical things you have to remember. Most things will come naturally as a new mom, and thank goodness for that! However, you may recall that list given to you when you were in the hospital, probably in one of your newborn packages. That endless list of your baby’s suggested doctors’ visits, and the age to make sure you take them. Ring any bells? Well often overlooked, by new parents, is your baby’s dental visits. It seems like all the other appointments are more important, and they are very important, but so are your child’s dental visits.

 

You can always take your child in for a wellness visit before the suggested age, but chances are, you’re already quite busy being a new mommy. Because infants have their baby teeth erupt between the ages of 6 months to a year old, you have a minute to breath before your first pediatric dental visit. Pediatric dentist in The Woodlands, TX, Dr. Judith Ragsdale brings information to the forefront for new mothers and fathers. With vast experience, her expertise take the relationship between your child and his or her dentist to a different level. The Woodlands Dental Group brings you exemplary pediatric dental practices from Yale University with their own Dr. Leslie Blackburn. With both of these Pediatric Dentists, all your concerns will be sure to be addressed, you will feel confident in your child’s care, and in policy practices.

 

As your child’s first teeth start coming in, you should schedule your first wellness dental visit. All children are different; however, it is essential that you bring your baby in no later than their first birthday (American Dental Association, 2017).

During this first visit, your pediatric dentist will assess the gums, checking out the health of the growth of teeth, good oral hygiene, and address any questions or concerns you may be having. There are a few things to consider when preparing for this first visit. Traditionally, you wouldn’t want to schedule any doctor’s visits at a time your child would typically lay down for a nap. This would make for a cranky baby, and possibly hinder the doctor’s ability to examine your child (American Dental Association, 2017).

Remember, if you are past your child’s first birthday, and you have not scheduled your first dental visit yet, not to worry, but you should try to get an appointment sooner rather than later. Your child’s oral health condition for decades to come starts with their early years of good oral health. You definitely do not want to feed your child a large meal right before your dentist appointment. Your dentist will have her hands in the baby’s mouth, and sometimes a baby will gag. If they have a full belly, this could make for a messy visit. So best to only serve a light meal beforehand (American Dental Association, 2017).

 

Try to avoid feeding your little one any snacks in the waiting room. Feeding them a snack will leave remanence of the food/snack all over their teeth, and it would make it more difficult for your dentist to get a good look at their teeth and gums. You want to avoid allowing them to drink anything sugary in addition; try to stick to plain water (American Dental Association, 2017).

 

A great way to ensure a smoother first visit to the pediatric dentist, is to fill out any paperwork before you arrive. Most dental practices provide new patient forms accessible via their website. The Woodlands Dental Group provides these forms under the tab titled Forms/Finances, just select which Pediatric Dentist you are scheduled with. This can allow you to give your baby your full attention while waiting to be called back into the room (American Dental Association, 2017). Make sure your baby is wearing comfortable clothing, this will also give less to fuss over while the dentist is examining your child.

 

Remember, if you have already passed your child’s first birthday, and have yet to schedule your first wellness visit, try to do so immediately. Let the front desk know when you are booking the appointment that it is your baby’s first visit, and give them the age of your child, and how many teeth they already have. That way, the doctor can be prepared for any additional pediatric dental services your child is probable to need to get them up to date. So, if you’re searching for quality pediatric dentistry, Woodlands, TX gives you some of the leaders of the industry at The Woodlands Dental Group.

 

 

References:

American Dental Association. (2017). Baby teeth. Retrieved from http://mouthhealthy.org


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