You should take your child to the dentist after the first tooth makes an appearance. Dr. Bryan Cramm DDS of Aliso Viejo, CA recommends taking them to the dentist at this stage of their life helps to prevent future problems of tooth decay. It also aids the parents in learning how to properly clean their child’s teeth. Your child will get an early start getting acclimated to going to the dentist which reduces anxiety and fear in the future.
What will happen on the first visit?
Most first visits are ways to get acquainted with your child and get your child use to going to the dentist. This is due to some children needing time to get acclimated. If the child is compliant, the first session often lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and may include the following, depending on age:
- A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas
- If indicated, a gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar buildup or stains
- A demonstration on proper home cleaning
- Assessment of the need for fluoride
The dentist should be able to answer any questions you have and try to make you and your child feel comfortable throughout the visit. The entire dental team should provide a relaxed, non-threatening environment for your child. Your child will need to see the dentist every 6 months.
Contact Dr. Cramm to schedule your child’s next dental visit, 949-831-4193 or visit the website bryancrammdds.com.