Age One Dental Visit

Age One Dental Visit

It is important for children to visit the dentist by their first birthday. Their first visit sets the pathway to proper oral hygiene and preventative care.  According to the American Dental Association, it is recommended that the first dental visit should be at the age of 9 months to one year.  Dr. Vitek is passionate about oral health and patient/parent education.  Her goal is to educate parents on proper nutrition and the effects on oral health and daily habits since tooth decay remains a serious public health problem and is the most common chronic childhood disease that does not resolve without treatment.  Setting a standard of regular dental visits creates good oral hygiene habits for your child.

 

What to expect:

A dental assistant will bring you and your child into an exam room and discuss your child’s eating and drinking habits. The assistant will ask a range of questions to help understand home care such as brushing/flossing routines, eating routines, and behavioral habits.  A thorough knee- to-knee exam is then performed with your child on your lap facing the doctor.  The exam consists of the doctor counting any teeth in the mouth as well as identifying any tooth problems, gum problems, any pathological abnormalities or any concerns that may be prevalent in your child’s mouth.  As the parent, you will be given patient education material on the latest up to date information on child dental health, as well as a plan for future appointments for preventative care.