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Your child’s first visit

child's first visitWe want to make a good first impression when your child visits for the first time! A first dental visit, ideally beginning at age three, is usually short. We may have you hold your child during the exam. We may ask you wait in the reception area during part of the visit so we can build a relationship with your child.

During the visit, we’ll gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. We may take x-rays, clean his or her teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect against decay. We’ll review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth. We will also provide nutritional counseling to ensure that your child is off to a healthy start for their dental health.

We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or visit to receive another professional service. We suggest you bring your child to preview our office and speak positively about your own dental experiences You may also read books to them about going to the dentist and review with them what to expect during their first visit.

Baby teeth are important. They hold space for permanent teeth are needed for chewing, biting, speech and appearance. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene. We believe in preventive care and use dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth. These plastics are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth and help set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.

Cavities don’t just happen; they are often due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Each time we eat, an acid reaction occurs inside our mouths as bacteria digest the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. The acid can weaken the tooth structure and cause cavities. When someone eats foods high in carbohydrates and sugars they also tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn allows more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.

Cavity prevention tips

When will my baby’s teeth come in?

A child’s first baby teeth are usually the two bottom front teeth at about 6-8 months old. Look for the four upper front teeth next; the rest of your baby’s 20 primary teeth will usually come in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about two and a half years old.

Between ages of five and six, look for the first permanent teeth to erupt. Some permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late.

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Beacon Hill Dental102 East 107th AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307(219) 750-1150

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