First Dental Visit

First Visit

New parents have plenty to worry about: making sure their baby is healthy and happy, rearranging their lives around hectic schedules despite lost sleep, and figuring out what to do in all sorts of new situations. While in a lot of these circumstances you may need to figure things out on your own, when it comes to your child's dental and oral health, there's plenty of help available. It all begins when you bring your youngster in for his or her first dental visit to Bluff Creek Dental in Chanhassen, MN.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first checkup should occur by age one. Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Even though there may only be a few baby teeth visible at that age, there are plenty of things to start working on, including the development of healthy habits that will make future dental visits to our Chanhassen office far more pleasant.

Unfortunately, some kids develop tooth decay at an early age. Your family dentist will be on the lookout for cavities, but that's only one reason for an early pediatric dental visit. Equally important is reviewing the proper ways to care for a young child's mouth, going over your child's developmental milestones, and discussing the importance of good oral hygiene.

Preparing for The Big Day

The way kids seem to pick up on their parents' feelings sometimes seems uncanny. So, if you're nervous about going to the dentist yourself, try not to let it show. Generally, this first dental visit involves simply talking to you and your child, looking in his or her mouth, and making oral health assessments. It's best to tell your child what to expect beforehand without making too big a fuss about it. You could even build some excitement by helping your child get ready for “the big day.”

On the day of the visit it's a good idea to bring a comforting toy, a snack, and an extra diaper or two, just in case of fussiness. If possible, leave other children at home, so the new patient can get all the attention. If not possible, bringing another adult along may free your attention to focus on your child's dental visit and oral health. Likewise, filling out forms in advance may save time and effort on the day of the dental visit.

The Checkup

When you and your child are comfortably seated in our Chanhassen office, a gentle examination of your child's mouth will be performed to uncover any early signs of dental problems such as tooth decay and assess the risk of your child developing this disease in the future. Often, this kind of risk assessment can help prevent, and even reverse, the early stages of tooth decay without any drilling.

Finally, during the visit we will discuss various ways to keep your child's dental and oral health in top condition. This may include modifications to diet, eating habits, and oral hygiene practices that can help prevent tooth decay, the most common chronic disease of childhood. That's an important subject for everyone , even more so if your child is at greater risk. If any treatments, such as fluoride, are needed, a full explanation will also be given. At the end of the visit, tips on cleaning and brushing effectively will be reviewed and a follow-up appointment in our Chanhassen, MN office will be scheduled as required.

Contact Us In Chanhassen, MN Today!

Many habits are developed early in life. That's why it's important to “get it done by age one.” When it's time for your child's first dental visit, don't hesitate! Contact Bluff Creek Dental! You'll be glad you came in for pediatric dentistry services at our Chanhassen, MN office. We can’t wait to see your and your child. Call us at (952) 937-5200 or visit us in Chanhassen, MN today!

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