First Year - First Visit
Your child should make their first visit to the dentist sometime between when their baby teeth come in and their first birthday. One main reason is cost savings. If you bring your child to the dentist by the first birthday, studies show you will spend less money on your child's dental care than parents who delay their child's first visit.
But the main reason is because baby teeth are important. They help your child eat nutritious foods, speak clearly and look good. They also hold space for the permanent teeth that will come in.
What To Expect
Most children do better in the morning, so you may want to schedule your visit for earlier in the day after they have had a good breakfast. However, if the child becomes overly anxious or fussy, we can finish the exam another day. The first visit should not be when your child is in pain.
In the exam room, we might put a bib on your child and offer a pair of sunglasses. There may even be a ride in the dental chair.
We will talk to you about home care, including brushing and flossing techniques and nutrition. We will also discuss your child's oral health, how it affects a child's overall health and how you can help prevent decay.
When we are done, your child will get to choose a special toothbrush and a toy to take home. If they have no cavities then they will have their picture taken and join the "Cavity Free Club"!
Visit Dr. Barrett Davis for your child's dental needs and give your child the gift of good dental health early for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy teeth.