Your Child's First Dental Examination
By Tender Care Dentistry
November 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Have you scheduled an appointment for your baby or toddler with pediatric dentists Drs. Dana Kim, Elnaz Nazemian, and Pedro Alvarez yet? Early visits to Tender Care Dentistry in Charlotte Hall, MD, will help set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

Why early visits are important

Years ago, children didn't visit the dentist until they had most or all of their baby teeth. Unfortunately, by that time, they made have had a cavity or another oral health issue that went unnoticed.

Today, the American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist within six months after parents spot the first tooth or by age one at the latest. Early visits not only protect your child's oral health but also make the Charlotte Hall dental office a familiar place. When kids get to know the dentists and their staff and feel comfortable in the office, visits aren't so scary.

What happens during the first dental examination?

Since your child doesn't have many teeth yet, the first examinations are short. Your child's dentist will take a quick look at your child's teeth and gums and also examine his or her jaw and neck.

You'll be with your child during the entire examination. In fact, you'll sit in the dental chair with your son or daughter on your lap.

During your visit, the dentist will discuss good oral hygiene practices that will help your child avoid cavities. You'll have ample opportunity to ask questions or share any concerns. Your child's dentist can also offer suggestions for healthy snacks and make a few recommendations if your son or daughter doesn't enjoy brushing and flossing.

What if my child didn't visit the dentist by age one?

It's never too late to make a first visit to the dentist. No matter what the age of your child, regular checkups and dental care are essential. Checkups and dental cleanings, in addition to good oral hygiene practices at home, will help your kids avoid cavities and gum disease.

Do you need to make an appointment with Drs. Dana Kim, Elnaz Nazemian, and Pedro Alvarez, your pediatric dentists at Tender Care Dentistry in Charlotte Hall, MD? Call (301) 290-0001 to schedule your child's visit.