Infant Oral Health Consulting
When Does Your Child Need Their First Visit
Your child’s visit should be around his or her first birthday. Primary teeth (baby teeth) are very important even though they will be lost. Proper chewing and eating, space and positioning and jaw bone development are all dependent on primary teeth.
Preparing Your Child
For an enjoyable and comfortable visit, it’s best not to use any concerning or fearful words regarding the visit. Let them understand that it should be a pleasant visit where the dentist will explain what’s going on and answer any questions.
What to expect:
Every child is different, and depending on their comfort level, we will introduce them to different aspects of the pediatric dental setting as they are ready. Most will start the visit at the brushing station where we evaluate your child’s brushing and give tips as needed for proper brushing.
Your child’s first exam will last about half an hour, and will cover oral hygiene instructions along with recommendations to help you care for your child’s teeth. For most initial visits, we will clean your child’s teeth and will provide an evaluation of your child’s current dental status, go over any areas of concern, and provide proposed treatment options if needed. Much of your initial exam will be dependent on your child’s age, needs and comfort level, but be assured that your child will receive care consistent with the most advanced research and treatment standards of Pediatric Dentistry.
Other factors Smile Hub considers during the exam:
- 1. Clinical soft and hard tissue exam: Evaluation of growth and development of head & neck region. Evaluation of teeth and soft tissue development.
- 2. Dietary evaluation and guidance on improvement if necessary.
- 3. Proper fluoride intake for infants and young children
- 4. Check for oral habits including: Pacifier, thumb or finger habit, sippy cup or bottle, tounge thrust, etc.
- 5. Injury prevention counseling and early intervention with contact sports.
- 6. Caries Risk Assessment: Inform parents and patients if they may be high risk to develop future cavities
- 7. Develop an individual home care routine to so we can PREVENT future cavities.