kids dental visit

Planning Your Toddler’s First Visit To The Dentist?

Parents are usually not entirely sure about when to take their toddler to a dentist. Should you simply wait until all of his teeth have come in, or may be until there is a severe issue? The experts say ‘NO’. The American Dental Association and the American Association of Pediatric Dentists states that a child’s first visit should be done when the first tooth erupts in the mouth that is usually within 6 months or 12 months at the latest.  Dental anxiety and fear typically begin during childhood and possibly to worsen with time if not taken proper care of. This is why a child’s first dental visit is so vital. We at Greeley Dental Care want to make your kid’s first trip to the dentist a fun, relaxed, safe and special one that sets the example of healthy habits your little one will retain for a lifetime.

Prepare yourself

Ask your queries and concerns with the Kid’s Dentist in Greeley, CO. If you have dental anxieties, keep cool and always be careful enough not to relate those fears or dislikes to your toddler.

Prepare the Dentist

At the first visit, provide the dentist your kid’s entire health history. We are trained to treat toddlers and of the most valuable things we have is that we always focus on patience. We do not rush a kid or pressurize them to do anything and always use kid-friendly terminology!

What to Expect at the First Visit?

Above all, it’s all about introducing your toddler to the dentist’s office, letting him explore many instruments and even take a ride in the chair. Once your toddler is comfortable with the office environment and staff (which builds trust), it’s time for the dentist to take a quick look at his mouth. The first visit generally lasts 30 to 45 minutes.  The visit may include a full examination of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues based on your toddler’s age, to check growth and development. If required, your toddler may also undergo a gentle cleaning which involves polishing teeth and eliminating any plaque, tartar, and stains. The Dentist in Greeley may also guide you and your kid how to implement healthy oral habits, diet and fluoride needs. Dr. Dhoon might give information on baby bottle tooth decay, infant feeding practices, pacifier habits, finger-licking habits, tooth development issues and so on.

Protect your Toddler’s Teeth at Home

  • Rub your toddler’s gums with a clean, damp cloth, before teeth come in.
  • Begin brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a very little amount of toothpaste when your toddler’s first tooth just appears. After 3 years of age, use a pea-sized dab of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Don’t offer your little ones a bottle of milk, juice, or any kind of sweetened liquid at bedtime or when put down to nap.
  • Lessen foods and treats that promote tooth decay.