Pediatric Dentistry

First Visit

The first visit will start with a review of your child's medical and dental history. You are welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area for our initial exam. After a comprehensive examination of your child, any dental findings and treatment will be directly discussed with you. Dental x-rays are then taken if necessary followed by oral hygiene instruction and cleaning. If very young patients are reluctant for either the cleaning or x-rays, we may postpone that portion of the appointment. We want to make your child's first appointment a positive experience in order to set the tone for future appointments.

Dental Checklist for Infants and Toddlers

Birth to 6 months

  • Clean mouth with gauze after feedings and at bedtime
  • Ask your pediatrician or pediatric dentist about fluoride supplements
  • Regulate feeding habits

6 to 12 Months

  • First tooth should appear; time to see the pediatric dentist for an initial exam
  • Begin to brush teeth after each feeding and at bedtime with a small, soft-bristled brush
  • When baby begins to walk, be alert to dental injuries
  • Wean infant from breast or bottle by the first birthday

12 to 24 Months

  • Follow schedule of exams and cleanings recommended by pediatric dentist
  • Start using pea-sized portions of fluoridated toothpaste when which is able to rinse
  • Most primary teeth have erupted

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