As specialists in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie -- and their associates and staff --often address parents’ concerns about the oral health of their children. Today, we are sharing information about when to schedule your child’s first dental visit.
We get asked this question a lot. What age is the right age for a child’s first dental checkup? The answer? We recommend a “well-baby” visit by age one, as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Think, “First birthday, first visit.” We fondly refer to this appointment as our Terrific Toddler visit.
This appointment will enable us to establish a positive relationship with parents and children at a young age so we can get on the road to good oral health habits. We want to identify and manage patients at high risk for tooth decay before it becomes a serious issue.
While the first appointment is generally short and involves very little treatment, it is important for beginning a thorough prevention program and gives the child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening way. We always invite parents to hold their child on their lap while our dentist looks inside the child’s mouth. Baby feels secure and we can provide a thorough visual exam.
Prior to the appointment, parents are asked to fill out medical and health information forms about their child. Parents can find the health history form on our website here. A complete history provides us with important information that may relate to your child’s dental development and needs. Questions like Did the baby have a premature birth? Does/did your child take many oral medications? are examples of questions we need answered.
Topics we discuss during the Terrific Toddler visit include:
- Your child’s dental development and teething progress
- How best to clean your infant’s mouth
- Oral habits, such as thumb sucking and pacifier use
- Diet and snacking habits
- Potential fluoride needs
- Your child’s individual risk for tooth decay
Parent education and cooperation is an important part of pediatric oral health care. We look forward to meeting you and your infant in the future.
To schedule your infant’s first appointment, please call Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie at (248) 608-2626.