Baby teeth are not only a new stage in your child’s development, but they also allow children to graduate to a variety of new foods they could not previously eat. At this time, you should really begin to think about scheduling their first visit to a dentist. While many parents of infants may not be concerned yet with dental care, thinking “she’s only got four teeth”, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist prior to their first birthday.
While these first dental visits are mostly informative in nature, they can be important in helping parents to establish a proper oral care routine for their child that can last a lifetime. Dr. Allison Miller of Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park in Winter Park, FL would like to provide you with some advice about your child’s first dental appointment.
Finding a Pediatric Dentist
To find a pediatric dentist in your area, check with your pediatrician or insurance company about providers in your area. Additionally, you may want to ask friends and family members about their experiences with area providers. They may be able to give you a referral. Narrow your search based on your preferred location and which have office hours that fit best into your schedule. Visit several pediatric dental practices before selecting the one where you and your child feel most comfortable. Most dental practices now have websites and some have FAQs to help answer your questions.
Prepare in Advance
Make sure that your child is well rested and not hungry when it’s time for the appointment. It might be helpful to write down a list of questions ahead of time to ask the dentist so you don’t forget while helping your child through the visit. You will want to check with your dental insurance provider about copays and coverage before the day of your child’s first dentist visit to make sure he or she is covered. Most dental offices will ask for proof of dental and medical insurance at the time of service. Finally, do not forget to bring a list of your child’s current medications, and all information necessary to complete a health history form.
You may want to discuss what will happen during the first visit prior to arriving with an older child to help avoid excessive nervousness at the time of the exam. If your child still experiences some anxiety over the appointment, try to ease his or her worries by reading books about dentists or by watching videos about children’s trips to the dentist to help them visualize what the visit will be like.
What to Expect during Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
During the first visit, the dentist will normally educate parents on proper care of teeth and gums for babies. Pacifier use and how proper nutrition helps to develop healthy teeth may also be discussed. Brushing techniques may also be demonstrated for parents so that they are able to effectively assist their young children with oral care. At the end of the appointment, the dentist should also provide you with the opportunity to ask questions.
By establishing a good working relationship with a pediatric dentist, parents can ensure that their child receives proper dental care from an early age. Scheduling and keeping routine dental appointments from an early age helps children to be comfortable with dental care and will help them make maintaining oral health a priority.
Pediatric Dental Care in Winter Park, FL
Whether your child needs their first dental appointment or you’re looking for a new pediatric dentist, Dr. Miller of Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park wants to help you. Call our office at (407) 434-0267 or schedule an appointment online on our website today!