When a child should see a Houston dentist for their first checkup
Parents of young children are often concerned about their child’s dental health. How early are you supposed to take your child to the dentist? Are my child’s teeth coming in as they should? How do I take care of my child’s primary teeth? Why are these teeth important? The team of Vivid Dental is asked these questions by Houston area patients every day. This is why it is important for parents to visit our team to learn more about pediatric dentistry and when it should be initiated for the first time.
It is important for parents to bring their children in before their first birthday or as soon as their very first tooth erupts through the gum line. During this first visit, children can become acquainted with the dental team at Vivid Dental. The dentist can introduce himself, and children can get familiar with the dental environment, including the surroundings, the dental chair, and even the instruments used to care for the teeth and provide treatments. Children will undergo a quick examination with one of our dentists and the rest of the appointment is spent educating parents on how to care for the new teeth and ways to avoid childhood caries. Parents can ask about:
- Cleansing the teeth and gums
- Pacifier use
- Thumb sucking
- Development of the primary teeth
- Habits that should be avoided (such as leaving children with bottles at bedtime and naptime, which can contribute to early cavities)
Children’s visits at Vivid Dental are simple, quick, and positive. We often speak with parents about the ways to encourage a helpful visit, including not talking negatively about the dental office and making the trip exciting for them. By doing this, parents can help avoid negative feelings about the dental office and allow children the chance to grow up with a positive relationship with their dental team.
If you are interested in scheduling your child for their first dental visit, contact the team of Vivid Dental today! We warmly welcome new patients to our state-of-the-art facility and encourage children to take good care of their dental health from the start.