From babies to teenagers, your child’s dental journey is vital as it lays the foundation for their oral health in the future. At Nevada City Smiles in Nevada City, CA, we make it our personal mission to create a safe and comfortable environment for our young patients so that they can establish a positive dental experience that will last well into their adulthood.
Your Child’s First Visit & What To Expect
Every child needs to see their dentist by the time they turn three. These visits are usually short and involve little treatment, so you might be asked to sit in the dentist’s office while your child is being examined by one of our doctors. However, if the examination is going to take longer than 15 minutes then we may ask that you wait in the reception area, allowing your child and their dentist to start building a trusting relationship.
During their exam, we will evaluate your child’s teeth and gums to make sure they are in good overall health. We may take x-rays of the mouth, which will allow us to see if there is any decay or crowding on their permanent pearly whites under their gum tissue. You can also expect a cleaning session to help protect against future iterations towards cavities while they still learn how to develop good oral hygiene habits. After the first examination, our doctor will suggest setting up their next appointment.
First Visit Tips!
To some kids, the dentist’s office may be a little intimidating. To make sure to start their first visit off on the right track, here are some tips and tricks you can implement before bringing your child to their first appointment.
- Bring your child in for a “preview” visit to the dental office.
- Read books with them about the dentist.
- Explain what a dentist is & what they can expect on their first visit.
- Speak about the dentist & the dental office positively.
While our team’s goal is to give your child the best dental experience and care, having proper at-home oral care will be the key to having a lifetime of healthy smiles. Eating lots of sugary foods leads directly to cavities. To help prevent cavities, you should limit your child’s sugar intake and brush regularly. The longer they take to chew their food or have residue on them means greater the chances of getting a cavity.
Here are some tips on how to help prevent cavities from hurting your child’s smile:
- Encourage brushing, flossing & rinsing.
- Avoid giving your child sticky food.
- Watch their diet & limit the amount of sugar they intake.
- Choose foods that are nutritious & promote healthy teeth.
You might think that baby teeth are only important for chewing, but they also help with speech and appearance. The health of your child’s mouth can have a big impact on their oral health in the future. If your child is due for a checkup or to set up their first appointment, get into contact with our team today! We can’t wait to help start their smile journey.