Your child’s first visit
Your child’s first visit The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see a dentist on or after his first birthday. An examination on a one-or two-year-old child doesn’t involve a lot of teeth and can be done very quickly. Very few children need to have their teeth cleaned at that age. However, an actual cleaning can be done while demonstrating oral hygiene to parents. The focus on the dental well child visit is to very easily examine the infant and educating the parent.
During the child’s first “regular” visit, Dr. Bowman 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 make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Tips for Cavity Prevention
- 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.