February is Children's Dental Health Month!
Starting your child out with good habits and dental care will help to ensure that they have the best chance for a healthy mouth that will last a lifetime.
When Should My Child First See the Dentist?
Baby teeth have an important role and beginning to care for your child’s teeth before they erupt should not be overlooked. The first tooth may appear at around 6 months and as soon as it starts to erupt it is at risk for decay. This is why the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that your child have their first visit to the dentist within 6 months of the first tooth coming in (erupting), or by about 12 months of age. By the time your child reaches his third birthday they will have all 20 of their primary teeth.
The First Dental Happy Visit
At Holistic Family Dentistry we recommend you schedule a pediatric dentistry “Happy Visit” to acquaint your child with our staff. They will meet our dentist, take a ride in the chair, meet "Mr. Thirsty," get their teeth checked and begin to establish a level of comfort with the dentist's office.
The first dental visit is for young children and is a brief visit. Some children may be anxious, and it may take more than one “Happy Visit” before they are comfortable. In order to prepare for this visit there are a few things to consider: