Most parents contemplate when the most appropriate time is for their child to first visit the dentist. The American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children see the dentist for their first check up by the age of one, or when their first teeth begin erupting.
Your first dental visit will allow your child to become accustomed to the office environment, while also allowing the dentist to identify any precursors to dental abnormalities or disease. Our office team will use positive language that encourages your child to enjoy the experience as well as set the foundation of proper oral care habits for a lifetime.
Dr. Bhatt will discuss oral habits, nutrition needs, oral hygiene, and any concerns you may have about your child’s teeth. If your child is comfortable, they may have digital images taken of their teeth, have their teeth cleaned, or fluoride applied.
The first dental visit is meant to be a positive experience that influences the way your child sees the future of their dental care. If your child should have decay or other conditions that require treatment, this is typically scheduled at a follow up appointment so that measures can be taken to not surprise the child or cause them minimal discomfort.
If you’re ready for your child’s first dental adventure, call your neighborhood children’s dentist in the York area at (717) 850-9396!