How Soon Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist?

Did you know your child needs to see a dentist before his or her first birthday? It is best to bring them in approximately six months after their teeth start coming in. At Fort York Dentist in Toronto we believe in treating the whole family, and starting visits early helps to prevent fearing the dentist. And by bringing your child in before they have any dental problems you can help to prevent tooth decay which also helps to prevent their overall fear. No tooth decay means no scary dental procedures that will give your child a reason to fear the dentist. Our dental technicians are specially trained to put your child at ease and put you at ease too.

What Will Happen at the First Visit?

Of course your child will be too young to take care of their own teeth at this early age, so we will generally just be educating the parents. It is important for the parents to know how to care for their baby’s teeth until they are old enough to do it themselves. Getting the child used to this process will instill good dental habits and they will automatically know that proper dental care is important. Here are some of the things the dentist at Fort York Dentist will do at your first visit:

  • Look at your baby’s teeth, jaw, bite, gums and tissue to check for any abnormalities or problems that need to be taken care of.
  • Gently clean and polish teeth and remove plaque and tartar if needed.
  • Take x-rays of your child’s mouth.
  • Show you the best way of cleaning your baby’s teeth until he or she is old enough to do it themselves.
  • Explain the best toothpaste and floss for caring for your child’s overall dental health.

When scheduling an appointment for your child at our clinic, be sure to let them know that it is your child’s first visit. No matter how old they are at their first visit the dentist needs to prepare for a special session with you as well as your child. The appointment should be set early in the day at a time when your child is more receptive to others and not ready for a nap. If your child is under three years old you will be sitting in the chair holding him or her during the appointment. In some cases, if the child seems okay with it, the dentist will ask if you want to sit in the waiting room during the visit. This can help your child build a good relationship with the dentist and it is also good when mom or dad seem like they are nervous and may make things stressful for everyone.

How Often Should We Visit the Dentist?

At least every six months you should see the dentist. Of course if there is any pain or swelling you should make an appointment with us at Fort York Dentist in Toronto right away. Call us at (647) 346-8888 or (647) 343-8300 and we will set you an appointment.

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