There are many milestones during your child's first year, from the first word to the first smile that melts your heart. Make that precious smile last with a visit to your pediatric dentist in Abingdon, VA!
Your Child's First Birthday
When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time? Most pediatric dentists recommend that your child's first dental visit happens sometime between the emergence of the first tooth and your child's first birthday.
One reason is cost savings. If you bring your child to the dentist by the first birthday, studies show you will spend less money on your child's dental care than parents who delay that visit beyond a first birthday.
But the main reason not to delay is because baby teeth are important. They are important 'place markers' for later, permanent teeth.
The first check-up assesses your child's teeth, mouth, and airways generally to ensure that they are growing normally. We also check for plaque and early decay. We would rather prevent a problem than fix one, and it's important that we see your child before there is a problem.
What to Expect
Most children do better in the morning, so, you may want to schedule your visit for early in the day after they've had a good breakfast. However, if your child becomes overly anxious or fussy, we can finish the exam another day. The first visit should not be when your child is in pain.
In the exam room, we might put a bib on your child and offer a pair of sunglasses. There may even be a 'ride' in the dental chair.
We will talk to you about dental care at home, including brushing and flossing techniques and nutrition. We will also discuss your child's oral health and how you can help prevent decay. When we are finished, your child will get to choose a special toothbrush and a toy to take home.
Give your child the gift of good dental health now—for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy teeth. Contact us today at (276) 623-2211 to make an appointment.