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Baby’s First Cleaning: What to Expect and How to Prepare Them

Your child’s first dentist appointment is no doubt a nerve-wracking experience—for you and your little one. You must have so many questions, like, “When should my child first see a dentist?”What does the appointment entail?” “How can I prepare them?” and “Will it hurt them?

Well, wonder no more—we are here to put your mind at ease by providing the answers you’ve been looking for…

When should my child first see a dentist? This is easy—your child’s first dentist appointment should take place before their first birthday. Did you know that 1 in 4 children have a cavity by the age of 4, and some even as early as age 2? To prevent early childhood cavities from developing, bring your baby in as soon as those first teeth start emerging. We can let you know if there are any potential problems, as well as teach you how to start an oral hygiene routine early on.

What does the appointment entail? During your child’s first visit, you should expect us to check up on your baby in much the same way your pediatrician does. We will:

·     Review your child's history

·     Respond to your questions and concerns

·     Talk with you about your child's overall oral health, including:

·     Development

·     Teething

·     Bite (how your child's teeth will come together)

·     Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks

·     Oral habits such as sucking

·     Factors that affect the risk of cavities, such as diet, hygiene practices, fluoride use and whether others in the family have had cavities

·     How to prevent trauma to your child's mouth

We will then:

·     Show you how to clean your child’s teeth and give you a chance to practice

·     Give specific advice about home care, including hygiene, diet and use of toothpaste and other fluorides

·     Tell you what to expect as your child grows and develops in the coming months

·     Suggest a schedule for follow-up care

How can I prepare them? No matter if your child is 11 months or 11 years old, the best way you can prepare them is by being confident yourself. Show them that there is nothing to fear, and that going to the dentist is just like going to the doctor: it may not be a trip to Disneyland, but it is something we have to do to stay healthy, and more often than not, they’ll get a cool toy afterwards. For other ways you can help them prepare, visit http://www.lakeshorefamilydentist.com/blog/post/the-understated-importance-of-basic-dental-care.html or give us a call to discuss your concerns with us over the phone at 651-429-3348.

Will it hurt them? The simple and honest answer is no, it will not hurt them. Again, if you’re concerned about how we can guarantee this, give us a call at 651-429-3348 and we’ll alleviate your worries before you come in.

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