Your Kid’s First Visit

Just like your mouth, your child’s mouth requires regular care. However, your child’s mouth is constantly growing and changing and continues to do so well into their late teen years. For this reason, your child needs specialized dental care, which will help their teeth and jaws to develop properly, and help them to develop healthy oral habits that will last a lifetime. To provide your child with the oral health care they need, we offer pediatric dentistry at National Dental Hicksville. Here is what you can expect when you bring your child in for their first visit.

When Should My Child’s First Visit Be?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should be seen six months after their first tooth emerges, or by the time they turn one, whichever one happens first.

Why Does My Child Need a Pediatric Dentist?

All dentists attend four years of dental school. For dentists who specialize in a certain area of dentistry, including pediatric dentistry, a few additional years of education and training are required. While your child could be seen by a general dentist, our pediatric dentists have two extra years of training that focuses on child behavior, treating and managing your child’s mouth and the unique needs of children’s dentistry. We are also equipped to speak with your child in a way that they will understand, helping them to improve their oral health as they grow.

What Should I Expect?

The first visit is quick. We examine your child’s teeth, as well as their gums. We also check the other soft tissues of their mouth and look at the alignment of their jaw. What we are doing is checking for any signs of issues. We may also clean their teeth. If necessary, we may have you sit in the chair and hold your child in your lap to make them more comfortable. Finally, we will have a discussion with you. Topics may include:

  • Going over any issues we come across.
  • Cavity prevention.
  • How to properly brush your child’s teeth.
  • The possibility of fluoride treatments.
  • Teething.
  • Developmental milestones.
  • Tongue thrusting, thumb sucking and other oral habits.
  • Nutrition for proper development.
  • Setting up regular dental visits for your child. Just like an adult, your child should be seen twice a year.

Your Child’s First X-rays

In general, children will have their first dental X-ray by the time they are six years of age. There is no specific time that your child should get their first X-ray. Children who are more prone to cavities or other dental issues will have their X-rays earlier than children who do not. At National Dental, we use digital X-ray technology, which significantly reduces your child’s exposure to radiation. X-rays are a valuable tool in our treatment of your child, allowing us to monitor the development of their teeth and jawbone as they continue to grow.

At National Dental Hicksville, we can help your child’s mouth to grow and develop properly, and supply them with tools to develop good oral hygiene habits that will provide them with a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Contact us today at (516) 629-5086 to schedule your child’s first visit.