Your Child’s First Visit
You most likely already know how important oral hygiene is for keeping your mouth healthy. The ADA recommends brushing and flossing your teeth every day as well as having your mouth professional cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Professional dental care is not limited to adults. Children need dental care, too. Moreover, this care should begin early. North Atlanta Family Dentistry is here to help.
At What Age Should My Child First Be Seen?
One of the most common questions we receive is when a child should be seen for their first dental visit. The answer may surprise you. It is recommended that children have their first dental visit six months following the eruption of their first baby tooth or no later than their first birthday.
What to Expect at the First Appointment
The first visit is fairly simple and straightforward. The goal of this visit is to get acquainted with your child and to let your child meet us. Early dental visits help your child to feel more comfortable with us, making dental visits as they get older easier.
During the first visit, your child sits in the dental chair. If it is easier, we may ask that you sit with them, holding them in your lap. This can help your child to feel more comfortable. We then take a quick look inside their mouth to examine their gums and any teeth that have already erupted. If necessary, we can provide a quick cleaning.
After examining their teeth, we then discuss with you. There are a few different topics that may be covered, including:
Are X-Rays Taken at the First Appointment?
Typically, X-rays are not taken at the first appointment. There are some instances in which this may be necessary, such as the presence of a cleft palate or other existing issues. In most cases, however, your child will not receive their first dental X-rays until around the age of 6 or 7. At this time, the adult teeth are developed below the gums and are getting ready to erupt.
Your child may have already lost one or more of their baby teeth, and the adult teeth are beginning to erupt through the gums. X-rays are an essential component in providing your child with optimal oral care. They allow us to detect issues like cavities between teeth as well as to monitor the development of their teeth and jaws. X-rays can also help to detect the presence of orthodontic issues. By detecting orthodontic issues, your child can get the treatment they need to ensure proper oral development.
After the first appointment, we will get your child set up for their next one. Just like you, your child should be seen every 6 months. Call North Atlanta Family Dentistry today at (470) 387-0500 for more information and get your child scheduled for their very first visit.