Looking back on your child’s first year of life, you may have taken pictures of many milestones: a first tooth, a first step, and a first birthday all come to mind. Dr. Burr and the team at Advanced Dental Care would like to recommend another first that we think is definitely worth a picture—your child’s first dentist appointment. This visit marks the beginning of a lifetime of good oral health. That’s certainly a moment to remember! As your Cocoa family dentist, Dr. Burr would like to answer a few common questions about children’s oral health.
When Should You Schedule Your Child’s First Dentist Visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child see the dentist by the time he or she is a one-year-old or within six months after that first pearly white breaks through the gum. At the very latest, Cocoa dentist Dr. Burr likes to see children by the time they are two or three years old.
Why Does My Child Need to See the Dentist?
Some parents think that because primary teeth—or baby teeth as they are more commonly called—fall out there’s no reason to the see the dentist. True, the Tooth Fairy will eventually come for all of these teeth, but in the meantime, they play a vital role in your child’s health and development. They help your son or daughter eat a healthy diet, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence. Moreover, primary teeth maintain space for their permanent ones and help to ensure that these teeth erupt in proper alignment.
What Happens at Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment?
You can expect this visit to be rather short. Dr. Burr and his team will take their cue from your child’s level of comfort. This appointment is really a chance for them to make a new friend and begin to feel comfortable in our office.
During the exam, Dr. Burr will evaluate the condition of your child’s teeth, paying close attention to signs of decay. He’ll examine her bite and see if there are any potential problems. Dr. Burr will also assess the health of your child’s gums and other soft tissue as well as their jaw.
If your child is comfortable and willing, the dental hygienist will clean their teeth. We’ll also take a few minutes to talk to you about the best ways you can care for your child’s teeth at home with effective brushing and flossing.
Call Our Office Today
If it’s time for your child to see the dentist in Cocoa, then contact Advanced Dental Care. Dr. Burr and his team will be delighted to take care of the littlest smiles in your family.