Your child’s first visit
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Baby “well checks” should be completed just after the first and second birthdays. The first regular dental visit is usually short and involves cleaning, exam, and fluoride. It is important to us that a child has positive dental experiences early in life.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.