Connecting with your child’s dentist the moment their first tooth arrives is an important part of taking care of their oral health. Oscar Luna, DDS, understands how exciting it is to see your child reach their first milestones. That’s why he offers comprehensive dental care for children of all ages at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Luna, call Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or book your child’s first visit online today.
Experts recommend bringing your child in for their first dental visit before the age of one, or when their first tooth grows in. These initial visits are just as important for you as they are for your baby.
During your child’s first visit, Dr. Luna assesses your baby’s oral health and provides you with essential information on how to best care for their oral health. Scheduling visits early on helps ensure that your child grows up with a lifetime of optimal oral health.
There’s very little you need to do to prepare for your child’s first visit, but you should make sure your baby isn’t tired or hungry when you bring them in to meet Dr. Luna.
Visiting the dentist can make some children anxious, but relaxing television shows, music, or books may help ease their discomfort before the appointment.
Your child’s first visit is the perfect time to ask Dr. Luna questions about your child’s oral health, so come prepared with any questions you may have.
If you’re still nursing, he can even give you advice on how to best protect your baby’s teeth against tooth decay. Finally, bring a list of any medications your child is taking.
The process of your child’s first visit to the dentist depends on their age. If your child is younger than the age of one, most of the visit will be about providing you with information on how to care for their teeth and gums. Dr. Luna may also ask you questions about your baby’s nutrition and pacifier use.
During this initial visit, Dr. Luna examines your child’s teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. If needed, he may also perform a gentle cleaning, which includes removing any plaque and tartar from their teeth and gums.
Dr. Luna recommends bringing your child in for a dental exam and cleaning at least once every six months to prevent dental concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
As your child ages, the dental team will also begin to evaluate their teeth and bite to determine if orthodontic therapy will be necessary in the future.
Regular teeth cleanings help ensure your child’s teeth and gums remain healthy and strong, which prevents the need for extensive dental work later in life.
If you’re ready to bring your child in for their first dental visit, call Dr. Luna at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.