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Q: When should I first bring my child to the dentist? What will you do when they are so young?

Posted December 17, 2014 in Altoona, Advice Column


A:  The American Dental Association recommends a child’s first dental visit is within 6 months of the first tooth appearing in the mouth, but no later than the child’s first birthday.  The earlier your child visits the dentist and is comfortable with good healthy habits, the better their dental health will be throughout life.  Our goal is to make it a comfortable, positive experience for the child.  For the best success, we recommend:

  • Morning appointments when children tend to be at their best.  Avoid nap time hours if at all possible.
  • If the parent has dental anxiety, avoid displaying these emotions in front of the child.  Children are quick to pick up on these queues, so stay positive and they will too.
  • Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
  • Emphasize the preventative nature of dental visits by explaining that we keep our mouths health by having our teeth cleaned regularly.

During the visit, we will:

  • Inspect for oral injuries, cavities or other problems.
  • Determine your child’s risk of developing tooth decay.
  • Clean your child’s teeth and provide tips for daily care.
  • Discuss teething, pacifier use, thumb sucking habits, or any other specific concerns you have.
  • Recommend any treatment necessary and schedule the next check-up.

Establishing healthy habits early is the key to a lifetime of healthy smiles.  Call your dentist to have your child’s first dental visit today.

Information courtesy of the  and the ADA — Dr Nicole Bremel


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