Proper oral care from early childhood ensures your little one does not develop severe dental problems as they grow up. During your child’s first dental visit at Jonathan C. Wang DDS Inc. in Pleasanton, California, Dr. Wang will assess your child’s oral health and also advise you on how to care for their teeth at home.
The Right Age for Your Child’s First Dental Visit
The right time to schedule your child’s first dental visit is before they turn 1 years old or within 6 months after their first tooth appears or sooner if you see any spots (white or dark) on it or have any other questions. After this, you must regularly schedule dental examinations, routine checkups, and dental cleanings for your child preferably every six months.
What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Your child’s first dental visit at Jonathan C. Wang, DDS Inc. in Pleasanton, California, will be quick and straightforward. It is a good opportunity for your child to become accustomed to the sights and sounds of our dental office, and for you and your child to meet Dr. Wang in a more informal setting.
During their first dental visit, Dr. Wang will examine your child’s oral cavity, checking all of their existing teeth for concerns like decay, gum disease, cavities, and others. Dr. Wang will also examine their bite (upper and lower jaw relative positioning), jaw, and oral tissues.
If required, Dr. Wang may clean your child’s teeth and remove excess buildup of plaque and tartar. Fluoride treatment may also be performed, depending on the age of your child and on the condition of the patient’s teeth.
After the dental examination, Dr. Wang will discuss with you to learn more about any additional concerns you may have, as well as provide tips on maintaining good oral hygiene, preventing cavities, fluoride intake, diet, oral habits, and developmental milestones.
Following your child’s first dental visit with Dr. Wang, you should schedule regular dental checkups for your child every six months to monitor the condition of their teeth and help treat oral conditions early on. Visiting Dr. Wang regularly will also build their confidence and lower their anxiety.
Oral Hygiene Habits to Follow
After your child’s first dental visit, Dr. Wang will provide advice on oral hygiene habits that will keep your child’s teeth healthy in the long run, such as:
- Ensure your child brushes their teeth twice a day and flosses at least once every night before bed
- Limit their intake of sugary and chewy foods as they cause tooth decay
- Avoid letting your children consume drinks that may stain their teeth