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First Dental Visit FAQs

When it's time for your child's first dental visit, you will likely have lots of questions. When you need pediatric dentistry in Amherst, NH, know that the Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire offers a full range of dental services. 

When should your child have their first dental visit?

According to both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should have their first dental visit within 6 months of the appearance of their first tooth.  This visit should absolutely happen before their first birthday. 

Why is the first visit so early?

Your child's baby teeth will remain in their mouth for between 5 and 10 years. They need to be cared for as if they will last a lifetime. The reality is that the permanent teeth are below the baby teeth in their gums and the health of the baby teeth can affect the permanent teeth. 

How can you prepare your child for the visit?

Make this a positive experience. By remaining calm, you can help your child remain calm. Schedule the appointment in the morning when your child is more likely to be rested and cooperative. Introduce your child to the dentist as a friend. You are beginning what will be a long relationship. 

What information should you give your dentist?

Be prepared to give the dentist a complete medical history of your child and any family history that may be useful for the dentist to know. 

How can you prepare yourself for the first dental visit?

You must put aside any dental anxiety you have and put your faith in the pediatric dentistry services offered at our practice in Amherst, NH. Talk to your dentist in advance of the visit and follow any suggestions they may have. This is a good thing, your child's dental health depends on you!

What dental problems will the dentist look for?

This first visit is about making your child comfortable visiting the dentist. The dentist will examine any teeth that have erupted and check for oral and gum health in general. If necessary, the teeth may be cleaned. Fluoride treatment and tooth sealants may also be discussed. 

How should you care for your child's teeth at home?

Part of this first visit will be a discussion with you about how you can care for your child's teeth at home. Avoiding sweets and juice, not sleeping with a bottle, and introducing your child to a toothbrush will all be discussed.

In Amherst, NH, pediatric dentistry services are offered by the Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire. Give the office a call at 603-673-1000 to set up the first visit for your child and get answers to any questions you may have about your child's dental care.

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