Your Baby’s First Dental Visit
We recommend that you bring your child in for a dental visit as soon as their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. This helps us establish good habits to keep their little mouths happy and healthy from the start! At your baby’s first visit, we have two goals: we want to help your little one feel comfortable, and we want to assess his or her needs so we can provide the most personalized care possible. The doctor will typically do what is called a knee-to-knee exam – the baby will sit on your lap and lean back so the dentist can look at their teeth and mouth and make sure everything is healthy. We also spend time talking about the specific developmental stage they are at and the best practices to help keep their mouths healthy.
Dental Exam and Teeth Cleaning
As your child ages, he or she should see us about every six months for regular care. Not only will these appointments give us a chance to clean your little one’s smile, they’ll also give our doctors a chance to look for problems like tooth decay. Treating common oral health problems early will help us preserve and strengthen your child’s smile. These appointments will also give us the opportunity to teach your son or daughter about brushing and flossing.
We offer dental sealants to help young patients protect their molars and premolars from decay. Sealants are applied as a liquid and then are hardened with a special curing light to create a plastic barrier between the chewing surfaces of teeth and decay-causing bacteria. The process only takes a few minutes to complete but can provide your little one with as much as 10 years of protection.