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It is never too soon to establish a healthy foundation for a child’s oral health. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association advise taking your baby to their first dental visit before their first birthday, or six months after their first tooth erupts. The goal is to give your child a pleasant first experience at the dental office to prepare them for future visits in a positive way.

The visit to the dentist will help your child become familiar with a dental office and the staff, assess their oral health, and build their trust with the dental team. The length of the visit can be anywhere from 15-30 minutes.

What to expect:

–Your child’s teeth, jaw, gums, and bite will be carefully checked to rule out problems.
–A gentle cleaning may be done if necessary.
–X-rays may be taken.
–The dentist will show you how to clean your child’s teeth.
–Your dentist will check to see if fluoride may be needed.

This is also a good time for you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. It is helpful to schedule the visit in the morning to minimize your child’s tiredness and overall mood. This will help them feel more calm and cooperative, making it a happy experience.

Your dental team will go over the following:

–How you can help your baby during teething times.
–Help you see how your child is progressing.
–How to use fluoride properly.
–Help you handle your child’s oral habits, like finger or thumb sucking.
–How to avoid accidents that could harm your child’s teeth.
–How a healthy diet and dietary habits can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Prepare your child for a lifetime of healthy smiles by learning and implementing healthy oral habits early on! Call our dental team at Shoals Smile by Design today at 256-314-0676 if you have any questions or concerns we can address.