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Your First Dental Visit

Your First Visit

Your First Dental Visit

Scheduling your first dental visit by after your child’s first birthday works to prevent most tooth conditions and problems. Furthermore,  establishing a foundation of oral wellness early on starts with early treatment and assessment.  It continues with regular home treatment and biannual visits to our office.

Assessing Your Child’s Risk for Oral Health Issues

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that every child have an oral health risk assessment by 6 months of age. Our friendly Li’l Sunshine Smiles team visually assesses the health of your child’s teeth. Also, we peform a thorough interview with you to discover any conditions your child may be predisposed to through genetics.  Certainly, tooth decay is a disease that is preventable, but you need the information to stay ahead of issues. We offer that and more to our patients. 

First Treatments:  Exams, Fluoride and Cleanings

Your child may have his first cleaning at his first dental visit, or you may schedule the cleaning for a time soon to follow. However, this decision will depend largely  on the age and comfort level of your child.  After the teeth cleaning, a fluoride application will be given to teeth to help nourish the enamel.  As a result, teeth are aided in the battle to keep cavities out. 

Then, Dr. Cat will explain what you can do at home to give your child his best shot for oral wellness.  Certainly, ask any questions you may have during your first dental visit with us.  For example, you may want to ask about toddler teething, thumbsucking, and tooth-friendly foods. Also, we recommend that you prepare a list of questions before your first dental visit to get your answers from our team before you leave. 

During you first dental visit, one of our friendly Li’l Sunshine Smiles team will summarize all the services that we offer your child and answer any questions you may have.

Schedule Your First Dental Visit Appointment Today!

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you and your children visit your family dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.  These dental checkups help to ensure the health of young teeth and gums while eliminating plaque buildup. It’s much easier to teach children to develop strong brushing and flossing habits when they hear a dentist backing up your instructions.