FIRST DENTAL VISIT AT AGE ONE
It is important for children to visit the dentist at a young age in order to establish good oral health habits and prevent potential problems. The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday, or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth.
Early dental visits can help to identify potential problems, such as tooth decay or misalignment, and allow for early intervention. This can help to prevent more serious problems from developing and can save time, money, and discomfort in the long run.
In addition to identifying and treating potential problems, early dental visits can also help to establish good oral health habits in children. Our dentists can provide education and guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as on healthy dietary choices. These habits can help to prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems.
Visiting the dentist at a young age can also help to reduce anxiety and fear that children may have about dental visits. Starting dental visits at an early age can help to make them a normal part of a child’s routine and can help to prevent the development of dental phobia.
Overall, there are many reasons why children should visit the dentist at age 1. Early dental visits can help to identify and treat potential problems, establish good oral health habits, and reduce anxiety and fear about dental visits. It is an important step in maintaining good oral health throughout life.
Sometimes, for younger patients, we examine them using the knee-to-knee position. In this position, the child sits on the lap of the parent or caregiver, with their knees bent and touching the knees of the adult. The child’s head is then positioned between the adult’s thighs for the exam.
This position has several benefits for both the child and the dentist. It provides the child with a sense of security and comfort, as they are able to be close to their parent or caregiver during the exam. It also allows the dentist to have easy access to the child’s mouth for the examination.
The knee-to-knee position is particularly useful for young children who may be anxious or fearful about dental exams. It can help to reduce anxiety and make the exam more comfortable for the child. It provides a sense of security and comfort for the child and allows the dentist to easily access the child’s mouth for the examination.
During a one-year-old child’s visit to the dentist, our dentists will perform a thorough examination of the child’s mouth to assess their oral health. This will typically include a visual examination of the teeth and gums, as well as an examination of the child’s bite and the development of their teeth.
If there is any plaque or tartar (calculus), we may recommend a quick and gentle cleaning. If our dentists identify any problems, such as tooth decay or misalignment, they will discuss these with the child’s parent or caregiver and recommend treatment options. We also provide education and guidance on proper oral hygiene techniques and healthy dietary choices.
During the visit, our dentists will also take the opportunity to get to know the child and help them to feel comfortable and at ease. We will also work to establish a positive relationship with the child and make the visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.