Regular dental check-ups and preventative dental care such as cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, provide your child with “smile” insurance. Plan your child’s first dental visit within six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than his or hers first birthday.
Consider it a “well baby check-up” for your child’s teeth. During your child’s first visit, your dentist will check:
• for cavities
• to see how well the teeth are being cleaned and offer suggestions if necessary
• to make sure the proper number of teeth have erupted
• to see that your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride
• to see if the parents have any questions or concerns
Routine dental exams will help assess your child’s dental health through the years. By age seven, it is recommended that your child receive an orthodontic evaluation.
Your dentist is there to provide information to help you take care of your child’s oral health.