Your child’s baby teeth are just as important as permanent (adult) teeth, and tooth decay can occur as soon as your child’s first tooth comes in.
As a parent you may wonder if you need to worry about decay in baby teeth since they will be eventually replaced by permanent teeth. Dr. Jensen will tell you the answer is yes. Decay in baby teeth can bring on a higher risk of decay in your child’s permanent teeth later in life. And if the decay is severe, it can harm the child’s overall oral health.
So what do you need to know about your child’s first dentist appointment? And when is the best time to make this appointment?
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both say that the first dental visit should occur within six months after your child’s firth tooth appears, and no later than the child’s first birthday. It’s a great idea to introduce your child to the idea of the dentist before problems arise – getting them used to the idea of regular visits and not always needing a filling when visiting Dr. Jensen.
At Rogue River Family Dental, the first visit is usually short and involves little treatment. It is an opportunity for your child to meet Dr. Jensen and get them used to sitting in the dental chair. During the initial exam, Dr. Jensen will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, will examine his/her bite and will look at gums, jaw and other oral tissues. If needed, the hygienist may clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride treatment. Dr. Jensen will also discuss oral health basics for children and discuss any developmental dental issues and answer your questions as a parent.
Some topics Dr. Jensen might discuss include:
- Fluoride needs
- Good oral hygiene practices and cavity prevention for your kiddo
- Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking, etc.)
- Developmental milestones
- Schedule for future dental checkups
You will be asked to complete medical and health information forms during your first visit, so come prepared with the necessary information.
Dr. Jensen loves working with children and looks forward to building a relationship with your entire family! To schedule a visit for your little one with Dr. Jensen, call Rogue River Family Dental at 616-866-7720.