Your Child's First Appointment

Your Child's First Appointment

When should I first take my baby to the dentist?

Children should be taken to a dentist when they are a year old, even if teeth have erupted and they have no problems at all. This first examination prepares children for dental procedures at a young age. And parents are informed about their children's oral and dental health.

How can we prevent anxiety before examination?

Young children can often be nervous about their first appointment. Parents should be able to get online, show their kids pictures of dentists and clinics that give positive messages, and tell them about the examination process in advance. This can significantly reduce any anxiety that may arise. Feeding your child a normal meal before coming to your appointment and, if possible, to be in the clinic shortly before the appointment will make a significant contribution to your child's first experience.

How often should we visit the dentist after the treatment is completed?

It is necessary to visit your dentist every 4-6 months after the treatment is completed. Taking advantage of fluoride, fissure sealants or other remineralizing practices will be a significant help in home care for preventing tooth decay.

When do baby teeth come in (erupt) and fall out (shed)?

Baby teeth come usually come in at 6 months through 3 years. First, the first and lateral incisors, then first molars, canine, and finally the second molars come in. The order can sometimes vary.

Why are baby teeth important?

Baby teeth are primarily required for feeding. Under each baby tooth is usually a permanent tooth, and the health of the baby tooth affects the permanent tooth. In addition, baby teeth serve as a placeholder for the permanent teeth underneath. Front teeth are especially important for speech and appearance, which affects your child's psychology.

When and how should we brush their teeth?

As soon as the first baby tooth comes in, you should start cleaning the teeth with a clean cloth. At 6 months - 2 years you should brush with toothpaste containing 500 ppm fluoride twice a day. This amount should be 1000+ ppm for 2 to 6-year-olds and 1450 ppm for 6-year-olds and older.

What should be done if permanent teeth accidentally fall out?

In that case, find the tooth if possible. Hold it carefully and avoid touching the root. Put it in a clean container with cold milk and immediately consult your dentist.