Your child has many firsts. Their first haircut, their first words, their first day at school. But what about their first dental visit? We recommended that a child go to see their first dentist around the age of two. Another guideline is within a half-year of the first tooth eruption. These visits are short and can be fun for the child. Here is what to expect from your child’s first dental visit at Cowden Family Dental.
Visit Length and Generalities
The first visit to see your child’s dentist, Dr. Cowden, is typically short. You won’t be there very long and is much like a “getting to know each other” type of visit. It is done to make the child feel more at ease with us and for us to get to know your child. You may even be the one holding the child in the dental chair so that he/she isn’t afraid of it and sees it isn’t going to hurt them.
Checking Oral Health
After the beginning pleasantries are done, Dr. Cowden will start to look over the oral health of the child. We will look at the teeth that are present and check for any sign of disease or decay and will look at the gums and other tissues. We may also look at the child’s bite to check to see if it is properly aligned. We’ll make notations in their file about this initial assessment and will go back to this baseline as the child ages. This is some of the first information that we will have about your child’s oral health and the beginning of any future problems, so it is important to make sure that you take your time answering questions.
Cleaning and Treatments
After we do a thorough look through your child’s mouth checking for potential problems, Dr. Cowden may clean the teeth if they feel it is necessary. We’ll go over oral health for you to follow for your child, including brushing. If there is a need for a fluoride treatment at this stage to protect the baby teeth, we will advise you of this and take care of it. At this stage most of the dental basics are covered and we will move on to the consultation portion of the dental visit.
Dental Development and Consultation
During the consultation, Dr. Cowden will be able to answer your questions regarding your child’s dental development and their oral health. There will be several topics that may be talked about during this time. Some of these may include teething issues, oral nutrition, habits regarding thumb sucking, possible fluoride needs, and dental milestones. There may be a schedule set up to keep your child on a consistent schedule for dental screenings and visits. Most dentists set these up every six months, with the occasional visit thrown in when there are problems that arise. This gives enough time to monitor your child’s dental health and let their teeth come in and start maturing.
What about X-rays?
You may be wondering about dental x-rays for your child. When are they appropriate and what they will be used for? There really isn’t a set timeline for dental x-rays for children. If the child already has an oral issue such as a cleft palate or has the beginnings of tooth decay, x-rays will be started earlier. On the general average, most have had some x-rays by the age of six. This is also around the time that most children begin to start having their baby teeth come out and their permanent teeth come in. Getting imaging testing can help make sure that the adult teeth are coming in correct and look for any of the bite problems that they may have.
Dentists that specialize in family dentistry are focused on providing careful care of your child’s delicate teeth. We are well versed in the oral development that your child should go through and can see problems early, making treatment and correction even easier. Instilling good dental habits early as children can help them grow into better brushing teens and adults with better oral health. Start them early, and put them on the path to helping them stay healthy and their teeth to stay strong.
You can become part of Cowden Family Dental’s Cavity Free Club and learn all the advantages of good oral hygiene. Call us today at 1-505-867-3999 to schedule your child’s first dental visit and keep them in years of smiles.
Located in the 87144 area, Cowden Family Dental proudly serves patients from the surrounding communities, including Ranchitos, Tamaya, Sandia Pueblo, El Llanito, and Santa Ana Pueblo.