Age 1 Visit
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA) all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than the child’s first birthday. This will allow us to begin a thorough prevention program for you child and avoid early childhood caries.
First dental visits for babies are less clinical and more educational. Think of this first visit as a “well baby check-up” for your child’s teeth. We perform a knee-to-knee exam with the child and engage parents by having them assist with the thorough oral exam; showing them the dentition, soft tissues and brushing and flossing techniques.
In this appointment Dr. Gandhi will also covers topics such as the importance of baby teeth, diet, development, breast or bottle-feeding, thumb-sucking and pacifier habits, fluoride use, and overall oral hygiene.
The earlier the visit, the better the chance of learning how to prevent dental disease and helping your child belong to the cavity-free generation. Also, by establishing a relationship early with us, a surprise visit will not seem as nerve-racking for your child. By educating our parents about the benefits of prevention, we can partner together to teach children about the importance of healthy teeth right from the start.