Age 1 to 2 Visits
People often think that infants don't need dental care until they are older. The truth is, dental care is needed as long as we have teeth, and that includes baby teeth. Parents often wonder how dental appointments work for an infant of 1 to 2 years. How soon do babies need dental care?
To answer that question, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children come in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday or 6 months after their first tooth comes in, whichever happens first.
At SRD on 5th, we understand the importance of starting your baby's oral health off right. We use lap-to-lap exams for your child's early visits, which help put them on the path to good dental health.
Why Is Early Dental Care so Important?
Dental visits are essential for an infant's oral health. Even at a young age, children can get cavities, which happens more often with kids who sleep with a bottle. We also can't underestimate the importance of baby teeth, which prepare a place for permanent ones.
During your child's first visit, Dr. Victoria or Dr. Rodriguez will examine their teeth, soft tissues of the mouth, and the condition of the jaw. She will also give you tips and techniques on proper oral hygiene at home, such as
||Proper brushing techniques
||Cavity prevention (which includes not letting your infant sleep with a bottle of juice or milk)
What are Lap-to-Lap Exams?
A lap-to-lap exam is a technique used to examine a child's mouth while they sit comfortably on your lap. The child faces you, and we sit across from you. When the child is ready, you lay them back, so their head rests in our lap. You then hold the child's hands and let them look at you while we examine their teeth and mouth.
This position keeps the child calm while we perform the examination. Lap-to-lap exams are highly effective in building your child's trust in us, so they become more comfortable at our office during the cleaning and examination process. During a lap-to-lap exam, we will also do a fluoride treatment.
What Is the Reason Behind Such Early Visits?
Our primary goal for children under age 3 is to make these visits quick, easy, and fun. Getting your child comfortable when they come to the dentist will benefit us all for years to come. While it's difficult to get young children to sit still for too long, these appointments should only take about 10 minutes. During this time, we will closely examine their teeth for potential complications. If we find anything problematic, we will discuss it with you.
Even at a young age, biannual dental check-ups are an immense boon for your child's dental health. Once your child turns 3, our appointments will involve preventative care. This includes professional cleanings, dental exams, fluoride treatments, and x-rays as they are needed.
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For more information, please contact our office at 256-712-4080, or schedule an appointment today!