The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents schedule a "well baby" visit with a dentist no later than a child's first birthday. While this may seem surprisingly early, infant and toddler tooth decay is on the rise and can develop quickly, causing extreme pain for the child. Learning proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, checking for cavities and watching for developmental concerns is extremely important.
Most of all, it's important for your child to have a positive dental experience to prevent stress or anxiety for visits throughout their lifetime.
In addition to an oral exam and cleaning at a child's first visit, Dr. Ochoa will also spend time with the parent answering any questions they may have about their child's oral health. He will also advise parents on areas such as:
Red Hawk Dentistry's preventative dental services include, but are not limited to:
- Choosing the right toothpaste and toothbrush for the child's age level
- Correct positioning when brushing a child's teeth
- Fluoride do's and don'ts
- Tips for transitioning a child from a sippy cup to adult drinking cup
- Proper bedtime routine
- Proper diet for maximum oral health
- Harmful effects of sugar and carbohydrate consumption
- Teething development milestones to watch for
Tips for preparing a child for their first visit:
- Use positive and encouraging language when referring to a visit to the dentist – avoid negative words like needles, pain, scary, etc.
- If possible, leave other children at home as they can sometimes be a distraction for both the parent and child being seen.
- Explain what will happen at the dentist in a positive manner.
- Read a children's book that will help explain what they can expect at their visit.
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If your child participates in sports, we highly recommend them wearing a custom-made mouth guard made specifically for your child using a mold of his/her teeth. This offers better protection than other store bought options. To learn more about mouth guards call our office today and make an appointment for free consultation.
To schedule an appointment for your little, or not so little, one call us at 303-223-7885. We see children and adults of all ages!
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