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Q: When should I bring my child in for his first dental visit?

Posted February 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: February is Dental Health Month. What a great time to consider bringing your child in for his or her first dental visit.

As dental professionals, we encourage bringing your child in at a young age so the or she can become acclimated with the dental office. At the first visit, you can expect a dentist to count your child’s teeth. If the child is willing, we will polish and floss the teeth. If at that first appointment your child does not complete a full cleaning and exam, we still feel it is important to inform the parents on dental health and dietary choices.

With the foods and drinks children are now exposed to at a young age, we feel it is essential to check them for dental decay. Most importantly, we want your child to enjoy his or her first experience at the office. We make the visit both enjoyable and educational for parents and their child. It is always fun to visit the dentist.

Information provided by Grove & Platt Dental Associates, PLC, 1541 S. Third St., Suite 300, 986-4001 and the American Dental Association.

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