First Dental Visit
Our first dental visit should be at age one, this check up will set the tone for lifetime of dental health. The fact is, primary teeth serve as the guides for the permanent teeth and are critically important to the health and function of their adult successors. Primary teeth are the child’s teeth for most of childhood, children don’t usually begin losing them until about age six, and the last primary teeth aren’t lost until around age twelve. It’s just as important to care for them as for the permanent teeth that come later.
Stopping an anticipated problem before it even starts.
The importance of primary teeth and preparing for a lifetime of good oral health are the main reasons why parents should bring their children to see a dentist, preferably before their first birthday. Even a one-year old needs an examination and appropriate preventive applications.
Parents will benefit from recieving guidance in maintaining their childs good oral health by learning the proper techniques for cleaning their children’s teeth. Such as;
- risk assessment for decay
- teeth cleaning 101
- nutritional counseling and use of cups for drinking fluoride recommendations based on individual needs
- follow-up appointments for monitoring.
decay causing bacteria interact with sugars to produce acid; the acid in continual contact with the teeth slowly dissolves the tooth enamel; as demineralization continues, cavities form.
Opportunities for intervention:
- Eliminate or reduce the bacteria through oral hygiene.
- Reduce the presence and frequency of carbohydrates by dietary changes.
- Make the tooth more resistant through the use of fluoride.
Until a child is about seven years old, an adult needs to brush the child’s teeth for them. Age One Visits provide insight into these three opportunities for both the child and parents. For example, Age One Visits can help parents or caregivers learn the proper techniques for cleaning their children’s teeth. Until a child is about seven years old, an adult needs to brush the child’s teeth for them. Parents can allow the child to brush his or her own teeth, but at least once a day, preferably at bedtime, an adult should carefully and thoroughly brush the child’s teeth.
The child’s dentist can demonstrate the proper way to clean a child’s teeth, a procedure that usually takes less than two minutes.
A child’s oral health is closely related to the family’s overall dental health and hygiene practices. The Age One Visit can educate parents or caregivers on the importance of their own good oral hygiene.