When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

childs first dental visitA child’s first dental examination should take place 6 months after the first tooth comes in or at the first birthday, whichever comes first.
• Age 1: First examination
• Age 2: Second examination
• Age 3: Examination PLUS first cleaning and fluoride treatment.

Is the first visit very important?

At the first dental appointment we will discuss oral hygiene habits which will lead to the development of healthy teeth. Certain dental problems such as bottle decay are specific to children of this age group and can be prevented. An examination at approximately one year of age can detect these types of conditions and they may be treated. Early treatment can prevent more serious dental problems later.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice each year for most children. we will decide how often your child should be seen, as some children need more frequent visits due to increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene. As a rule, a child should have a complete examination, fluoride treatment every six months starting from three years of age.

Why are regular recall appointments necessary?
  • ugly ducking stageTo show your child the importance of good dental hygiene and overall dental health.
  • To ensure that baby teeth are falling out at the right time and that permanent teeth are properly located in the jawbone.
  • To prevent various problems related to the development of a child’s jaw structure.
  • To examine the eruption of permanent teeth, make sure that they are coming in properly, and to follow their progress in order to avoid complex Braces treatment later.
  • To benefit from preventive treatments such as fluoride and pit and fissure sealants.
  • To detect decay in its early stages before it progresses and causes more serious dental problems.
Why are primary (BABY) teeth important?
  • Healthy primary teeth are important for children to chew food properly.
  • Healthy primary teeth enable a child to speak clearly.
  • Most importantly, baby teeth act as placeholders in the jaw for the proper development of the child’s permanent teeth.
What can i do as a parent at my child’s appointment?

Allow us to explain and describe dental condition to your child, in his/ her language. we will use the terms and descriptions appropriate to your child’s age. As a parent you can simply tell your child that the dentist will check & count the teeth.

If you accompany your child into the treatment room, be a silent partner. Let us interact directly with your child.

Consider the dental appointment a Special Day. Remain calm and relaxed, before and during your child’s dental appointment. Research shows that if you are relaxed, your child will be cooperative and have a good dental experience. A positive attitude will result in a positive experience.

Its very important that you take your child to us , just for a routine check up before any decay and pain / problem starts …….so that child will develop habit of visiting dentist regularly, and she/ he feels more secure with environment and whole experience is pleasant one.

Is biannual dental check-up valuable?

Many people think that there is no need to go for a dental check-up unless they are in pain. This is not true. Many dental problems progress very slowly – without any signs. Your dentist is trained to detect such problems. Early detection and timely treatment can correct or even prevent problems from occurring.

What happens in dental check-up?

falling milk toothFirst of all, we will look carefully, or examine, all parts of your child’s mouth and face.

  • Teeth will be checked for such things as cracks, wear, decay and faulty fillings.
  • Gums will be checked to see if they have a healthy color and shape. If they bleed, etc.
  • Bones, cheeks, tongue, palate and other parts of the mouth and face will be examined for any unusual swellings or surface changes.
Will X-Rays be taken?

Yes, if we thinks they are needed. X-rays can be very helpful to detect hidden problems. Don’t worry, dental X-rays are very simple procedure safe!

we also have facility of OPG ( full mouth X-ray )machine , at our center …..for full mouth evaluation and you don’t have to go anywhere out , to take that X-ray.

What else?

The most important part of the check-up is the discussion that we have after the examination. They may include:

An explanation of what has been seen in your child’s mouth.

  • Recommendations on how to treat any problems discovered. e.g. preventive measures like fluoride application or fissure sealants.
  • Advice on diet and the correct ways to clean his/ her teeth.
  • Counseling on how to overcome any destructive habits he/she may have.
  • Monitoring the development of the teeth and jaws in growing children.

first dental check up very important

Anything more?

Yes. Your expectations, needs, and importantly any anxiety that you may have should be brought up so that we can understand it better.

If he/ she have any medical problems, its effect on his /her oral health and treatment will be explained.

Together, we can decide what needs to be done; how and when to do it and of course, the treatment fees of doing it.

Remember to visit us at least once a year!….we also have a facility to remind you every 6 months by SMS and /or email for your child’s routine follow up check up appointments.

Dental checkups provide:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Early detection

And above all Timely treatment.

Dr. Vora's Dental Care We Treat We Care, Since 1975

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