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What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Children have so many first times while they are growing up. They get to do so many things that are brand new and exciting to them, along with some things they might be, let’s just say, a little less than excited about such as their very first dentist appointment. 

Baby Teeth

What to Expect at Your Child's First Dental Appointment

Although taking your child to the dentist might seem somewhat gratuitous when they are very young, their first time visiting the dentist, and their baby teeth, are actually really important.

Your child’s baby teeth help pave the way for their healthy adult teeth to develop. This is one of the main reasons it is so critical to make sure your child starts visiting a dentist regularly while they are young. As a matter of fact, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that children have their very first dentist appointment when their first tooth starts to come through their gums and no later than one-year-old no matter what. 

Your Child’s First Dentist Visit

At their first dental exam, the dentist will make sure that your child feels at ease with them, but they are also there to help mom and dad learn more concerning what they have to look forward to in terms of their kid’s oral health as they grow up. 

At your child’s first dentist check-up, there are a few things you should anticipate:

  • Your dentist should review the development of your child’s mouth. They will talk about teething and how you can make it less uncomfortable for your child.
  • Your dentist should go over oral hygiene and the advantages of toothpaste with fluoride and the right way to use it. 
  • Your dentist should offer dietary suggestions that will promote healthy teeth and deter tooth decay. Baby teeth have a much finer layer of enamel than adult teeth, so it is essential to select food and drinks that are low in acids and sugars. 
  • Your dentist should go over behaviors like pacifier use and thumbsucking and go over they affect they have on your child’s teeth.
  • Your dentist will conduct a thorough exam of your child’s teeth, occlusion, and the soft tissues of their gums, cheeks, and lips.
  • Your dentist will perform a routine tooth cleaning. 

At McBride Dental, we provide a full range of dental services that help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Only through routine dental appointments and diligent oral care can you keep your teeth healthy and functional.

The professional staff at the San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are able to answer any questions you may have regarding cosmetic or restorative dentistry, as well as various common dental procedures. 

We can assist you in establishing good oral health habits to ensure that your teeth are always there when you need them and your smile always looks perfect.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a member of our dental staff today.


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