What to Expect at Your Child’s First Check-Up

Your Rochester dentists believe in partnering with parents to give a child a head start on a life of good oral health. They wish to educate parents on caring for their child’s dental health in order to make that possible. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer also work hard to make every patient feel comfortable and secure at the dentist. They will tailor their treatment style to the individual needs of a child. The doctors now discuss what to expect at your child’s first dental check up.

Preparing the Child Before the Check up

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist beginning with the eruption of the first tooth, or no later than the first birthday. In the meantime, brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush can not only prevent decay but can also help children become used to tolerating an adult’s hands in their mouth. Talking to the child about how big kids visit the dentist may help the child become more open to the idea of visiting the dentist. Older siblings may also calm the fears of a younger child through a simple chat. Your local library may have valuable children’s books to explain a dental check up on a child’s level.

Steps of a Pediatric Appointment

  • The staff may utilize low-radiation digital X-rays and intraoral cameras to assess the development of the permanent teeth and identify any problems areas in the mouth. Early detection of issues can be helpful in correcting problems efficiently.
  • Then, a hygienist will provide a gentle professional cleaning. If the child is older, we may also apply a solution onto your child’s teeth that highlights spots where plaque may be accumulating. This gives both parent and child a visual example of where to focus with future at-home brushing.
  • The staff teaches young patients how to properly brush and discusses foods and drinks that should be minimized. Parents are allowed to sit in the exam rooms if they would like to listen in on these instructions.
  • Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer will then scrutinize the teeth for any signs of decay or jaw development issues.

About Our Doctors

Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer provide superb family and cosmetic dentistry in Rochester. To schedule an appointment, call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.