According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should see a dentist for the first time when the first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. Even if you make your first visit later (in most cases patients wait longer before they bring their children to our office), take into consideration that like any other medical check-up, the first trip to the dentist can be intimidating for toddlers and children – new people, big chairs, and new and unfamiliar dental equipment. But the experience does not have to be daunting, for parent or child. To prepare for your child’s first visit, Brentwood dentist Dr. Neda Naim has the following tips.
Prepare Your Child for the Visit
Good dental habits begin early. The sooner you introduce your child to a toothbrush and the practice of brushing the teeth, the more likely you child will respond positively to a dentist’s examination. If your child is a toddler, explain that a dentist will look at their teeth and teach them about how to care for the teeth.
Bring Medical Information to the Dentist
It is important to have your child’s health information immediately on hand, including notes about any habits that may affect dental health or jaw and teeth development. You should be prepared to provide Dr. Naim with the following:
- A list of any medical conditions your child has or has had
- Medications your child is currently taking
- Information related to thumb sucking habits and the use of a pacifier and/or bottle
Thumb sucking can have a negative impact on the proper growth of the teeth and jaw. Did you know that if your child sleeps with a bottle, it can increase the risk of tooth decay? This is because bacteria can accumulate in the mouth, leaving the new teeth more vulnerable to damage. It is recommended that you bring your pediatrician’s contact information in case additional medical information is needed.
Ready to Schedule Your Child’s Visit?
If you are in the L.A. metro area and ready to schedule your child’s first visit to the dentist, call our office (310) 820-8228 to schedule an appointment. As a mother to children, Dr. Naim’s soft approach has won her many young fans! She has extensive experience providing dental care to very young patients and will help relieve any fear they may have of going to the dentist.