Every parent looks forward to the next step in their child’s development; including a baby getting his or her first tooth. Once a baby has a few teeth, they now have the ability to try new foods and new textures and explore the world in a whole new way. While it may seem strange at this stage of development, it’s important to visit the dentist when your child’s first tooth comes in. These early visits to the dentist build a foundation for oral health that will stay with that child as he grows through adulthood. For parents, these early visits are informative in nature and with Dr. V. Lynn Morgan in Severna Park, MD, you will learn how to get your child started on the road to good oral hygiene
Finding a Pediatric Dentist
Finding a pediatric dentist is just as important as finding a pediatrician. There are many resources out there that provide recommendations but many parents rely on their pediatrician or contact their insurance provider for recommendations. Family and friends with young children can also be an excellent resource. You can find the website for almost any dentist in your area. Their websites will usually provide a list of all the services they provide as well.
Prepare in Advance
Just as you would for any medical appointment, preparation is the key. Be sure to verify your insurance coverage and costs prior to your appointment. For really young children, be sure they are fed and not tired so as to make the most of the appointment time.
What to Expect
For older children that may be going to the dentist for the first time, explain what to expect during the appointment prior to your arrival. It may be beneficial to watch some videos online or even read a book or two about what the experience might be like. Some kids are more nervous about the dentist than others. Just reassure them that this is natural and that even adults have those feelings sometimes. Remind the child that the dentist is there to be helpful.
During Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is time for exploration. We show them the chair and allow them time to become comfortable with the surroundings. We will then visually examine their developing teeth gently. We will also examine the structure of their jaw and assess the condition of their gums. Our hygienists will work with the parents as well, providing instructions to help the child develop good oral hygiene. The child will also receive their first cleaning. The hygienist will gently clean the surface of the teeth and gums. With continued care, we will watch your child’s teeth for any developmental issues which could affect their smile as they grow and develop permanent teeth. Our goal is to provide lifelong dental health and for the child to maintain a beautiful smile. We have a variety of treatments to make that smile a reality, including orthodontics, strategic tooth extractions and oral appliances should the need arise for your child. Once a child’s back molars erupt (usually in the late elementary age years), it is usually recommended that dental sealants be placed to prevent decay in teeth with several cusps. The procedure is routine and painless. In some cases, adults have this done if they are prone to tooth decay.
Pediatric Dental Care in Severna Park, MD
Pediatric dental care is a vital part of Dr. Morgan’s practice. She provides comprehensive care with her team of dental professionals for both children and adults in a caring and nurturing environment. Her goal is for parents and children to leave her office confident in their abilities to perform good oral hygiene. Request an appointment online or by phone at (410) 415-9015.