As your family dentist near Plano, Dr. Nathan Coughlin and Dr. Christine Coughlin want to remind you that your child’s first visit to the dentist should come no later than her first birthday. It may seem early, but your child’s smile is vulnerable to decay and infection beginning with her very first tooth. In addition to making sure her smile is as healthy as can be, this initial appointment can help set her up for a lifetime of regular dental care. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect from this very first visit to Breckinridge Dental!
Your Child’s First Appointment at Breckinridge Dental
Families love the friendly vibe they find at Breckinridge Dental — and we know our caring, warm approach helps your child relax through her first visits to the dentist. After all, these initial visits are as much about building a strong, trusting relationship as they are for helping to prevent tooth decay and infection.
This first visit is your opportunity to learn all about how you can help your child maintain a healthy smile throughout her youngest years. Prepare a list of everything you want to ask. You and your child’s dental team will thoroughly discuss the following items:
- How to clean your infant’s teeth and gums after feeding
- The need for fluoride and how to use it to strengthen your child’s tooth enamel
- How to deal with teething
- Special considerations like thumb sucking
- How your child’s diet affects her oral health
You’ve likely got some questions regarding your child’s oral health, and that’s great! Please don’t hesitate to voice any doubts, questions or concerns. The health of your child’s smile depends on you.
Once your child’s very first visit to the dentist is complete, we’ll schedule her next one in about six months. Remember that patients of all ages need twice-annual preventive checkups at the dentist. Beginning your child’s six month dental appointments from age one will put her on the road to years and years of healthy teeth — something she’ll enjoy for a lifetime.
As your child gets older, we can evaluate her need for orthodontics. If she does have bite problems, Dr. Nathan Coughlin is the trusted children’s orthodontist near Plano TX. And around the time she’s six, we can help shield her back teeth from decay-causing acids and bacteria with dental sealants. Fluoride treatments are also available to strengthen her tooth enamel.
Begin Your Child’s Journey to Good Oral Health Today!
Contact Breckinridge Dental to set your child on the road to a lifetime of healthy smiles. Your family dentist in Richardson TX will be happy to welcome you both in our warm, welcoming environment. Request your visit online today!