Your child's first dental visit

Parents should start bringing their child to a pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. Early dental visits are essential for establishing good oral hygiene habits, detecting and preventing dental problems, and promoting overall oral health.

At Bite Pediatric Dentistry, the first visit is usually a "well baby" checkup that focuses on providing parents with essential information about their child's oral health and development.

What should I expect?

During this visit, the dentist will typically:

Perform a gentle exam: Dr. Garcia will examine the child's teeth, gums, and jaws to check for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other problems.

Offer guidance on oral hygiene: Dr. Garcia will provide parents with advice on how to care for their child's teeth, including tips on brushing and flossing techniques, diet, and fluoride.

Assess the child's risk for dental problems: Dr. Garcia will evaluate the child's risk for tooth decay and other dental problems based on factors such as diet, oral hygiene habits, and family history.

Provide anticipatory guidance: Dr. Garcia will offer guidance on what to expect as the child's teeth develop, such as when to expect new teeth, how to manage teething, and what to do in case of a dental emergency.

Answer any questions or concerns: Dr. Garcia will take the time to answer any questions or concerns parents may have about their child's oral health.

Overall, the first visit to a pediatric dentist is a crucial step in establishing good oral health habits for children. By starting early, parents can ensure that their child's teeth stay healthy and strong for a lifetime.

A picture of a baby getting their newly erupted teeth brushed. Demonstrating the importance to start desensitizing children to dental cleaning.