When caring for their children’s teeth, parents have a lot of questions. When should I schedule my child’s first appointment? How soon do I need to start brushing my baby’s teeth? Thankfully, your Rochester family dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, is ready to answer your questions. In today’s blog Dr. Calcagno explains when your child should see the dentist and what to expect during the first visit.
When to See Dr. Calcagno
Typically, a child’s first appointment needs to be scheduled once the first baby tooth arrives. The first visit usually requires little to no treatment, instead Dr. Calcagno takes this opportunity to help your little one become accustomed to the dentist’s office. Your child will meet Dr. Calcagno and our friendly staff, and get a chance to tour the office. These early visits are crucial for easing dental anxiety and letting your child know that the dentist’s office is a safe place full of caring professionals.
The First Appointment
Dr. Calcagno will visit with your child and provide a thorough oral examination. Using special intraoral cameras and low-radiaion digital x-rays, Dr. Calcagno can peer beneath the gums to ensure your baby’s teeth are coming in correctly. In some cases, Dr. Calcagno may recommend a dental cleaning or fluoride treatment. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, protecting your little one’s teeth from cavities.
The best method of keeping your child’s smile healthy and bright is with preventive dentistry. Once the first primary tooth erupts, parents should begin cleaning their children’s teeth with a wet cloth or gauze. As your baby grows, upgrade to an age appropriate toothbrush and use non-fluoridated toothpaste. While fluoride does safeguard teeth against tooth decay, too much exposure at a young age can stain the teeth. Parents should help their children brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Regular dental maintenance instills good oral hygiene and cleanses the mouth of food particles and harmful bacteria. In addition to brushing, don’t forget to attend regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Calcagno.
Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester Family Dentist
Is your child ready for his/her first visit with Dr. Calcagno? Make an appointment with your Rochester family dentist by calling 507-281-3659. Our 55902 dentist office offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.