First Dental Visit of a Child

It is important for children to visit the Pediatric Dentist early to ensure they are off to a good start with their oral health. The first dental visit is an extremely important step in a child’s life long oral health.

At What Age Should A Child’s First Dental Visit Be?

A child should visit the Pediatric Dentist for the first time by six months of age and no later than his or her first birthday. This time frame is a perfect opportunity for the Pediatric Dentist to examine carefully the development of the child’s mouth.  Since, dental problems often start early, the sooner the child visits the Pediatric Dentist, the better. The Pediatric Dentist in Delhi also can provide or recommend special preventive care to protect against problems, such as early childhood tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb- or pacifier-sucking.

What Happens During The First Visit?

Often a first visit is simply a time to acquaint a child with the Pediatric Dentist and the practice (Establishing the concept of ‘DENTAL HOME’). The parent should reassure the child that the visit is not scary or something to be afraid about. Short, successive visits can build the child’s comfort with the Pediatric Dentist and the dental office. The child’s appointment should be scheduled earlier in the day, when he/she is alert and refreshed. The first visit usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and may include any of the following, depending on the child’s age:

  • A gentle and thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas.
  • A gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar build-up, and stains.
  • Investigative X-rays (If Required).
  • A demonstration on how to properly care for the child’s mouth and teeth at home.
  • Nutritional Counseling.
  • An assessment of the need for Fluoride Varnish.

The Pediatric Dentist would solve any queries of the parents in relation to their child’s overall oral health. The child would be made to feel comfortable throughout the visit by the Pediatric Dentist and his team of auxiliaries.

When Should The Next Appointment Be Scheduled?

Children, like adults, should see the dentist every six months. When the child is very young, some Pediatric Dentists may schedule interim visits every three months in order to build the child’s comfort and confidence levels or also for treatment needs.