Your Child’s First Visit
Why schedule a child’s dental visit so early?
According to the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby's first tooth appears, but no later than the child's first birthday. They actually recommend parents set up a friendly meeting with the dentist prior to any emergency.
During the visit, Dr. Gagliardi could show the parent proper oral hygiene by demonstrating how to clean their child’s teeth, discuss good dietary practices, the importance of fluoride, and even recommend oral products to ensure good and healthy teeth. Dr. Gagliardi can answer any questions about your baby’s teeth.
Making an appointment under normal circumstances helps to create a sound and trusting relationship between child and dentist.
Dr. Gagliardi will get to know your child and your family’s needs in order to provide the best oral care. If the child is a toddler, Dr. Gagliardi will gently examine their teeth and gums, looking for decay and other problems. If necessary, the child's teeth may be cleaned. Your toddler can also be checked for problems related to habits such as prolonged thumb or finger sucking.
Remember, your attitude matters! Babies and toddlers are very perceptive to the attitudes of those around them and often mirror their parent’s behavior. Spend time discussing a dental visit in a positive manner. Parents should set up an appointment to acquaint their child with the sights and sounds of a dental office prior to any scheduled visit in order to dispel any fears the child might have.
Call us today to schedule your child’s first dental visit today!