Age 1 to 2 Visits
Many parents are surprised to learn that their children should have their very first dental appointment by their first birthday and that they should have regular dental visits every 6 months. These early visits are important for many reasons, including helping your child to become comfortable in the dental office, helping you and your child to develop good oral care practices, and to identify any potential issues before they become serious. Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry can provide your child with the dental care they need with preventive care visits starting at age one.
The Importance of Age 1 to 2 Visits
Early dental visits are important for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is to help your child to get used to the idea of coming to our office. Seeing us early helps to build their trust in us so that they are not scared later on. Early visits allow us to check your child’s mouth for signs of decay and other potential issues that can lead to significant complications later on. This way, we can help your child to prevent these issues from developing.
What Happens During These Visits?
The visits between the ages of 1 and 2 are fairly quick. We will have your child open their mouth so that we can take a close look at their teeth and their gums. We check for any signs of decay and other issues. Any plaque present on their teeth is gently cleaned away.
After examining your child’s mouth, we then take some time to speak. There are many different topics that we might cover, including proper brushing, fluoride, teething, and cavities. If you have any specific questions or concerns that you would like addressed, we will take the time to go over them with you.
Preparing Your Child for Their Dental Visits
Preparing your child for their appointments can help to make their visits a much more pleasant experience. There are a few things that you can do. Talk to your child about what will happen. There are plenty of books and videos out there that can help your child to understand what to expect during their appointments. These resources can familiarize your child with the dentist so that they are not scared when they come in. You may also play dentist with your child, having them open their mouth while you count their teeth with their toothbrush.
What if My Child Is Too Nervous?
Even with prior preparation, we do understand that some children can still be nervous during their visits. We do our best to provide a calm, comfortable, inviting atmosphere. For some children, anxiety and fear can be alleviated simply by sitting on the lap of a parent. You may bring a comfort object from home, such as a soft toy or blanket. Dr. Justin, Dr. Joni and our skilled pediatric dental team will work with your child and you to make their appointments the best it can be!
For more information about age 1 to 2 visits, and to schedule an appointment for your child, call Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 406-224-4272 today.