Infant/Toddler First Time Visits in San Marcos, CA
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that every child visits a dentist no later than their first birthday. Pediatric Dentistry of San Marcos also advocates an age one dental visit in order to establish a “Dental Home” for your child, similar to a pediatrician’s “Medical Home” model. Early dental visits with our office are similar to well-child visits made with your pediatrician. Our practice provides parents and family members with information that may be used to keep your child healthy and encourage preventative care. The oral health, hygiene and preventative care recommendations we provide may prevent costly and unnecessary dental procedures in the future for you and your child.
At this visit, we will:
- Review your child’s medical history and any concerns you have
- Discuss any habits your child may have – bottle, pacifier, thumb sucking, etc.
- Examine your child’s mouth for any signs of decay or other problems
- Demonstrate proper positioning and methods to brush an infant’s teeth
- Apply a fluoride treatment to your child’s teeth
- Provide recommendations based on our findings
Proper and regular dental visits early in a child’s life greatly raise the chances of that child having excellent dental health and hygiene throughout his or her entire life. It is very important to teach children good dental practices as soon as possible so that they may develop positive habits for life.
Some may say that dental hygiene is not essential for children since their young teeth will fall out and be replaced by larger, stronger adult teeth naturally. This could not be less true! In reality, pediatric dental care may be even more important than dental care for adults! Children’s baby teeth may be only temporary, but if they are neglected, your child may be looking at significant dental issues like poor alignment in the future.
Interested in giving your child outstanding dental care for life? We sure hope so! Make an appointment with Pediatric Dentistry of San Marcos today by calling 760-798-2825 as soon as you can. We look forward to meeting you and your family!