When your toddler grows their first tooth, it is time to schedule their first visit. At McAllen Dental Care we recommend that children see a dentist either when the first tooth erupts or by age one. As soon as the primary teeth come in, kids are at risk for tooth decay and cavities. Early dental care will ensure that your child maintains good oral health for life. The first visit is the start of a long-term relationship that will last as your child develops and grows into adulthood.
During your young child’s first patient visit at our dental clinic a comprehensive oral exam will be performed. Our dentist will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth, gums, and entire mouth. We will check for developmental problems, signs of tooth decay and cavities. Professional teeth cleaning will be done after the exam.
This first visit is very important for both parent and child. We will discuss dental care tips to protect your child’s oral health and go over bad habits to avoid. This is also the time to address any questions you may have about pediatric dentistry and how to properly care for your child’s teeth.
To prepare your son or daughter for the best possible first dental visit experience, talk to your child beforehand. Discuss why a dentist visit is important and what will take place during the first visit. Demonstrate how to open your mouth wide so the dentist can inspect your teeth and gums. Utilize books and videos about pediatric dentistry, and how to help kids feel at ease with their first visit.