First Baby Visits
Dentistry for Children is the leading pediatric dental practice in the Cedar Hill and Midlothian areas. Our board certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Shelly Clark, is committed to providing your baby with the best care and the highest level of comfort. Dr. Clark specializes in delivering excellent first dental visits to help your baby get a great start on a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.
When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Checkup?
At Dentistry for Children, Dr. Clark strongly believes in preventive care and teaching children the importance of proper oral hygiene habits early on. We recommend taking your baby to the dentist for their first visit around the age of one.The first tooth usually begins to erupt between 6 and 12 months. Dr. Clark can evaluate your child’s teeth and gums and provide preventive treatments, such as fluoride and sealants, to help protect their teeth from cavities. She can also offer advice on diet and nutrition to ensure your baby has healthy teeth and gums.
What Can I Do to Prepare My Child for Their First Dental Visit?
The most important thing you can do to prepare your baby for their first dental visit is to be positive and relaxed. Talk about the visit excitedly and positively – it’s like going to the doctor for a checkup. Try to use words that are not scary so that your child doesn’t have unnecessary anxiety. On the first visit, we will show your child all of our tools and “count” your child’s teeth and clean them with our “special toothbrush.” We recommend reading positive books about going to the dentist or role playing with a stuffed animal to help them get prepared. We will take our time to ensure your child feels comfortable and safe.
What Can I Do to Make My Child Comfortable During Their Visit?
It is essential to be positive and reassuring to help your baby feel comfortable during their first dental visit. It can also be helpful to talk to your baby soothingly and explain what is happening as the appointment progresses. Finally, remaining calm and patient as your baby adjusts to the new environment is crucial.
What to Expect at Your Baby’s First Visit
At Dentistry for Children, we understand that your baby’s first dental visit can be scary and overwhelming. That’s why we do everything possible to ensure the visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We start by getting to know you and your baby’s medical and dental history to ensure that we can provide the best possible care for your baby.
During the visit, Dr. Clark will thoroughly examine your baby’s teeth and mouth, checking for any signs of decay or other issues. Dr. Clark will also evaluate your baby’s oral hygiene, advising on proper oral care for your baby.
In addition to the examination, Dr. Clark will provide a comprehensive dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup. She can also apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen your baby’s teeth and protect them from decay. Dr. Clark will then discuss any further treatment that may be necessary and provide information about how to keep your baby’s smile healthy.
If you ever have a dental emergency we will be available for your after hours dental care. With Dentistry for Children and Dr. Shelly Clark, you can be sure your baby will receive the highest quality dental care.
First Baby Visits in Cedar Hill and Midlothian, TX
At Dentistry for Children, we strive to provide your baby with the best care and the highest level of comfort. We understand that your baby’s first dental visit is an important milestone, and we are committed to helping your baby get a great start on a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!