When Should My Child Get Their First Dental Exam?
The time for your child's first dental visit may be sooner than you think. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see their Batavia, IL dentist anytime between the time when their first tooth comes in and their first birthday. Most pediatric dentists, including Dr. John C. Koechley, DDS at Batavia Smiles, would agree. Children should see their dentist by age one.
While the first birthday might seem a little young to visit Batavia, IL dentist Dr. Koechley, this initial dental appointment is actually very important for your child's oral health. Dr. Koechley will not only clean your child's teeth and check for early signs of decay, but he will also assess your child's oral health history and daily habits to determine if your child might be at an increased risk for cavities down the road. He will answer any questions that you may have and instruct you on proper oral care as your child grows. Topics of discussion typically include issues such as pacifier use, nighttime bottle use, snack and beverage choices, and frequency of future dental visits.
Many people are under the false impression that because a child loses his or her baby teeth, taking care of them isn't important. This couldn't be further from the truth. Not only do a child's baby teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth that will follow, but the habits that children begin early in life set the stage for the oral health habits they will continue into adulthood. It's never too early for good oral health.
Your child's first visit to Batavia, IL dentist Dr. Koechley is an exciting milestone. Arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork or print it out from the "My Patients" tab and fill it out in advance. Bring your child's favorite stuffed toy or blanket to help him or her feel safe and secure, and talk about the dentist in an upbeat and enthusiastic tone. Your child is going to do great!