Child’s First Dental Visit
We commonly get asked by new parents…
When should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?
Both the Canadian Dental Association, as well as the Ontario Dental Association recommend that an infant’s first dental visit should be within the first year of the infant’s life.
Why so early some parents ask?
The answer is that by one year of age the majority of infants have had at least one primary tooth come into the mouth. Often there are multiple teeth by that age.
What happens in a baby’s first dental appointment?
The baby’s parent sits in the dental chair with the infant on their lap. The dentist and the dental hygienist check in the baby’s mouth and document any teeth that are present.
The dentist checks for any cavities (Yes, baby teeth can get cavities). The dentist is also checking for any other abnormalities that can occur within the mouth on the teeth, tongue and surrounding tissues.
The dental hygienist can review with parents the importance of brushing babies teeth morning and night, flossing, and discuss other habits that may damage the young teeth.
Habits such as drinking juice, going to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of milk or juice, soothers and thumb sucking can all affect the health of a young infant’s teeth.
We are happy to offer tips and tricks to help parents brush their baby’s teeth at home. We are here to answer any question you may have and are also able to demonstrate on the young child while the parent is watching.
Calling All 3 Year Olds
Kerry, one of our offices Dental Assistants, organizes a monthly program called ‘Calling all Three Year Olds’. It is during this visit where Kerry meets with several young children together and walks with them through the dental office. She demonstrates and explains all of the equipment and describes the treatment that will happen once the child commences their regular dental hygiene and check up exam visits. Ask any of our front desk staff when the next visit is and register your child.