Your Child's First Visit
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends children begin regular dental check-ups (well-baby check-ups) at one year of age. A first visit may be stressful for you as a parent and for your child, but there are things you can do to alleviate anxiety for both of you:
- Communication – If your child is old enough, explain to him or her where you are going and what will happen. Make it as positive and carefree as possible. And if you are nervous, don’t let you child see. Children take cues from their parents whether it is obvious or not. If you child sees you are relaxed, it will reinforce harmony. And try to stay clear of scary words like “drill” or “needle”.
- Other Children – If possible, leave siblings at home. It is best if you can focus solely on the child receiving treatment.
- A Helper – Take along another adult. If your child becomes fussy, another adult can care for the child and leave you free to communicate with the dentist undistracted.
- Books – Prepare your child for the dentist with children’s books about dental visits.
A first-time well-baby check-up will look something like this:
- A family medical history will be taken
- Dr. Buttaro will discuss concerns and answer your questions
- Questions about your child’s oral care in the home with be asked
- Your child’s teeth will reviewed, usually as he or she rests in Dr. Buttaro's lap.
- Any concerns or issues Dr. Buttaro sees with your child’s oral health will be addressed along treatment plans for those issues.
- Proper brushing and flossing techniques will be demonstrated, in addition to suggestions for toothpastes, and diet.
- Dr. Buttaro will develop an appointment schedule and explain what to expect from each visit.