Regular dental examinations for kids are a crucial part of any preventive health care plan. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids visit their dentist by their first birthday or within six months following their first tooth’s eruption.
Here at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jaclyn Bae (Hui) and her dental team believe that the first dental visit of kids here in our Yorba Linda, CA, office should be as comfortable, stress-free, and positive as possible. In this light, find out what to expect when your child comes in for his or her first-ever dental checkup.
The Basics of Children’s Dental Exams
The first dental exam is typically short and won’t involve any treatment. The main purpose of the visit is to give your child a chance to experience the dentist's office in a friendly and non-threatening way. Depending on how old your child is and his or her temperament during the visit, you might need to carry your child while sitting in the dental chair. Or, if your child is older, you may be asked to wait outside the examination room during the first dental visit by your dentist in Yorba Linda, CA, so that she can bond with your child.
During the actual examination, your child’s teeth will be inspected for decay and the gums and oral tissues for any potential issues. Your child’s jaws and bite will also be checked for symmetry. If needed, your child’s teeth will likewise be cleaned and treated with fluoride and/or dental sealant.
Other Things to Expect During The Dental Checkup
The dentist will educate you on the best practices of children’s oral care and dental development problems. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. You’ll likewise be asked to complete health and medical forms, so make sure to prepare the necessary information beforehand.
Also, your dentist will schedule your child’s next checkup, which would most likely be approximately after six months. This dental checkup schedule, as recommended by the ADA and AAPD, will help build up your kid’s confidence and comfort level during dental visits, monitor your kid’s dental development and nip any budding dental issues in the bud.
To Learn More About What Happens During Children’s Dental Examination, Speak to Us
Schedule your child’s first dental visit in our Yorba Linda, CA, office with Dr. Jaclyn Bae (Hui) here at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry by dialing (714) 660-1890.