Your Child’s First Visit
Your child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around their first birthday. One of the most important reasons for this visit is to familiarize your child with the dental office environment and to ease any anxiety associated with future visits. During this time the dentist can examine your child’s dental development and address dental issues such as baby bottle decay or any teething tenderness while providing preventive care when needed. On this first visit, a gentle but thorough examination will be performed to monitor growth and development and address any problem areas.
Early examination provides your child with preventive dental care while establishing healthy dental habits at an early age. Ensure that your child’s future smile is a healthy, confident one. If you live in or around Woodbridge, contact our office with any questions you may have or schedule a dental visit today.
Establishing a Dental Home
In order to show parents how to achieve optimum oral health for their children, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) had established the concept of a dental home. This is defined as the “… ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care, delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.” The AAPD recommends that a dental home be established with every child before 12 months of age.
Cavity Risk Assessment Tool
|Demineralized Areas||None||Within 24 Months||Within 12 months|
|Parents, Siblings||No white spots||1 white spot||>1 white spot|
|Brushing||No decay||Low decay rate||High decay rate|
|Flossing||Brushing 2x/day||Improper brushing||Brushing|
|Plaque, Gingivitis||Flossing everyday||Occasional flossing||Not flossing|
|Fluoride exposure||None||Light plaque||Visible plaque|
|Fluoride exposure||Optimal||Low to optimal||Low|
|Sugar consumption||With meals only||1-2 between meals||>3 between meals|
|Dental Home||Routine check ups||Irregular check ups||None|
|Special Conditions||Dry mouth
Knowing your cavity risk will help you and your dentist to provide the best care for your child. At your
first visit our staff will evaluate your child’s cavity susceptibility and make recommendations accordingly.
Moderate to High-risk patients may be recommended for:
- Professional topical fluoride treatments every 3-6 months
- Fluoride supplements or prescription strength fluoride toothpaste
- Incorporation of xylitol in diet
- Repair of all active cavities
- Dietary counseling (please place link to Healthy Diet)
- Dental sealants
- Instruction on brushing technique, Brushing 2x per day with daily flossing