Dr. Pounds believes in introducing children to the dental office at an early age, even if it’s just accompanying a parent to their own cleaning, and sitting for a moment in the dental chair. Your child’s first dental visit should be just after his or her first birthday.
Your Child’s First Dental Appointment
The first dental visit is usually short, and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. If your child is older, you may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and our team.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay.
We will also review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth at home, and make sure there is adequate fluoride protection.
Preparing your Child for their First Visit
The dental office should never be a frightening or scary place. You can prepare your child for their first visit by doing the following:
- Take your child for a "preview tour" of our dental office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Tell them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
For children with anxiety, special needs or extensive treatment requirements, Dr. Pounds may recommend a local pediatric dental specialist.
Dr. Pounds believes your child’s first visit should be around his or her first birthday. She will perform a gentle exam of the teeth and gums and answer all your questions on erupting teeth and how to care for them. Call us today to schedule an appointment!Request an Appointment
Preventive Care for your Child’s Teeth
We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are space-age plastics that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth. This is just one of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
Tips for Cavity Prevention
You can also help secure your child’s dental health by monitoring and helping them at home. Most tooth decay in young children is due to a combination of sugary foods and lack of adequate brushing and flossing.
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
Your Child’s Dental Progression
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are usually the two bottom front teeth. You will notice these when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth, and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
By around 2 1/2 years old, your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are dictate their chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene, as well as keeping all regularly scheduled appointments with Dr. Pounds.
Call us today to schedule your son or daughter’s next dental visit.Request an Appointment