Planning Your Child's First Dental Visit

Baby Tooth DecayIf you have a child, you may be wondering when they should begin seeing the dentist. The child’s first dental visit is an important milestone. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child should see your Bellmore or Bayside family dentists at Silverman & Associates around their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in.

Are Baby Teeth Important?

Some people may think that since the baby teeth are not permanent, they do not need to be cared for as carefully. However, even though the baby teeth will begin to fall out once a child reaches school age, they still play an important role in overall oral health. The baby teeth help your child speak and chew. They also hold the space where the permanent teeth will eventually erupt.

Baby’s First Dental Visit

Your baby’s first visit to the dentist serves a double purpose. Aside from the usual exam and cleaning, the visit also serves to help your child become accustomed to seeing the dentist so they will be comfortable on future visits. The first visit will also help parents learn how to care for the child’s budding teeth.

What to Expect

If your child is very young, your Bellmore or Bayside family dentists may ask that the parent sits in the dental chair and holds the child for their safety and comfort. As the child gets older, the dentist may want the child to sit in the chair on their own to help build trust between the child and the dentist.

At the first visit, your family dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums. They will then clean the teeth and check for any problems with the child’s bite.

Parents should expect to take their children to the dentist at least every six months in order to keep the child's teeth clean and healthy. Regular visits also help to keep the child feeling comfortable with the dentist.

If your child is ready for their first dental visit, talk to your Bellmore or Bayside family dentist. Silverman & Associates Family Dentistry offers cleaning and exams for the whole family. Schedule your baby’s first dental visit today by calling (516) 781-9700 or (718) 225-0515.