Your child’s first visit to the dentist is important to establishing healthy habits and good oral health as they grow older. The ADA recommends that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday or six months after their first teeth emerge. Regular dental visits are a part of preventive dental care, meaning that routine appointments help stop the development of future oral health issues. At Children’s Dental Specialties, our pediatric dentist office serves patients in Worcester, MA, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Daniel Moheban is proud to provide comfortable pediatric dental care to help children look forward to visiting the dentist.
Preparing for the Dentist
With regular home care, your child knows that teeth are important and is used to an adult evaluating their teeth. Additionally, seeing a pediatric dentist in Worcester as early as possible will help your child get used to and be comfortable with seeing their dentist. Talk about going to the dentist as something that’s fun instead of scary. If you’re enthusiastic, your child is more likely to be as well.
Before your child’s first visit, you can also play dentist! Have your child sit in a chair while you count and brush their teeth. You can also watch children’s videos or read books about going to the dentist, so they know what to expect. Be positive about the experience, avoiding any mention of pain or discomfort.
What Happens During My Child’s First Dental Visit?
There are multiple things that we do during your child’s first visit to maintain their oral health:
- Alleviating Dental Anxiety: When your child visits our office, we make sure that they feel as comfortable as possible. We will talk to them during their first visit about their hobbies and answer any questions they have, putting them at ease and explaining what we’re doing in simple terms. Our team will also make sure that your child does not feel any pain or discomfort during their cleaning or examination. We can also recommend anesthetic as needed.
- Full Examination: Our team will fully examine the teeth, gums, and jaw. During an examination, we look for signs of decay like caries or cavities in the teeth, bleeding gums, or gum inflammation. We can recommend treatment for your child based on this examination.
- Dental Cleaning: We carefully clean the smile with a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Then, we will brush and floss your child’s teeth using flavored toothpaste. Finally, we polish the teeth. We may also provide fluoride to protect the tooth enamel.
Why Are Children More Prone to Cavities?
Children are more prone to developing cavities and tooth decay for a variety of reasons. Kids love sweets and may not brush or floss well after eating. Although the primary teeth are made up of the same components as permanent teeth, there is a shorter distance from the outer tooth enamel to the nerves inside of the tooth. It is easier for the tooth infection can affect the nerves, cells, and blood vessels within the tooth.
Contact Children’s Dental Specialties
Even if it isn’t your child’s first visit to the dentist, it’s important to find a pediatric dentist. Call our dental office today at (508) 625-5534. You can also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Dan on our website.