When should I bring my baby for their first dental visit?

Around the age of one or when the first teeth appear, make an appointment for your child to see the dentist. To prepare for the first visit:

  • Try playing “dentist.” Count your child’s teeth, then switch roles and let him or her count yours. Make the exercise fun and explain that this is essentially what the dentist will do.
  • Explain other things that may happen at the dentist’s office, using non-technical language. Don’t try to explain X-rays, for instance. Simply say, “The dentist might take some pictures of your teeth with a special camera”.
  • Take your child along with an older brother, sister or friend when they go for a routine exam or cleaning. It’s a good way to familiarize your little one with the dentist’s office.
  • Treat the appointment as routine.
  • Be sure to advise your dentist about any special needs or medical problems, such as allergies or bleeding disorders.
  • Let your child bring his or her favorite stuffed toy along.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL EXAMS

Your dental exam consists of the dentist looking in your mouth and examining things that can affect your oral and overall health. Although you may feel there is nothing wrong many things happening in your mouth you can not see or feel in the early stages whereas your dentist is highly trained to detect. The things that your dentist is looking for and checking are as follows:

* going over your overall general medical history to determine how it affects your oral health

* checking for plaque and tartar and the appropriate dental cleaning needed

* the overall condition of your teeth and mouth

* checking for cracked, damaged or decayed teeth

* examining the state of your gums, checking for gum disease, including gum measurements, 

* assessing previous dental work

* suspicious growths in and around your mouth and tongue

* signs of any oral cancers

* whether you clench or grind your teeth which can cause cracks and wear your teeth down.

* examination of your tongue, roof and floor of your mouth

* TMJ – checking the jaw joints

* checking the condition of the bones in your face, jaw and mouth

* taking of dental x-rays which helps the dentist see between the teeth, check root canals of the teeth, infections and assess previous dental work

* an examination of your neck area, glands and lymph nodes

* checking your blood pressure

Early detection and prevention is our goal. The dentist goes through the findings and suggests the appropriate treatment, appointments and or referrals necessary. Be sure to ask lots of questions so that you can understand your oral health and be a part of making it better.

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