Since you are encouraged to take your child into the dentist from a young age, they will go for the first time when they are still very little. This makes the dental visit quite simple and quick because they likely don't have too many teeth at this point in their young life. This article will discuss 3 things to expect at your child's first dental appointment.
Examination Of Your Child's Teeth And A Quick Brushing
While your child may only have a few teeth, it is still very important that these teeth are looked at. The dentist will come and look at all of your child's teeth to make sure that they are coming in as they should. This allows the dentist to see if your child is where they need to be developmentally in terms of how many teeth they should have at this point in their life. Inspecting the teeth will also allow the dentist to see if they are being brushed properly. If they are not, the dentist will give you some tips and pointers on how to properly brush your child's teeth, as well as a tooth brush, tooth paste, and floss that you can use for your child.
Familiarizing Your Child With The Dentist
Besides to exam your child's teeth, one of the main reasons why you are encouraged to bring your child into the dentist from a young age is to get them used to going to the dentist. If you begin taking them to the dentist when they are very little, then going to the dentist will become something that is very routine for them. However, if wait to take them until they are older, this may cause them to be more fearful of the situation because it is something that they have never experienced before. During the visit the dentist will interact with your child in a friendly and happy way while looking at their teeth. This can help your child to see the dentist is nice and that they have nothing to fear.
Application of Fluoride Treatment
At the end of your child's dental visit, they will have a fluoride treatment applied to their teeth. The treatment will generally come in several yummy flavors that your child can choose from, or that you can choose for your child. This treatment is going to help to protect their teeth from things like plaque and decay. This can very helpful to you because it will simply add a layer of protection to your child's teeth, on top of brushing and flossing them regularly.
For more information and tips for dental care for your young child, bring your child into a dentist.