First Visit for Young Children
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If your child is not yet 3
If your child goes to bed with a bottle or still nurses, we would like to see them around the age of 1. A child that takes a bottle to bed is often more likely to have decay. This type of decay develops rapidly. In this case, it is important that we see your child on the early side.
Please understand that the health of your child’s teeth is important to us, but in these early visits it is not the priority. We specialize in treating your whole child by taking a good deal of time explaining to your child what everything is and how it works.
There is a long standing belief at Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics that using restraint to complete a cleaning is NOT AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF DENTAL TREATMENT and is NEVER necessary. Our doctors and staff have found that through patience and caring, all children will let us clean their teeth and do other routine checkup things when they feel comfortable with it AND if we do not create bad feelings by pushing too much early on. This is what makes our practice so unique!
If your child is 3 or older
Around the age of 3 years 3 months to 3 ½ years is a good time to attempt the first checkup (cleaning teeth, doctor’s exam, and fluoride treatment). We say “attempt” because not all 3-year olds allow us to do this. It is much more important to us that your child have a positive 1st experience than to complete the cleaning appointment. If we only get an exam or just the cleaning, or nothing at all, that’s OK!
If your child does not use a bottle at night, we would like to see them around 2 years of age for what we call a quick look. A quick look is a brief visit between you, the dentist and your child that accomplishes several goals.