At what age should my child first see a dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child have their first exam by their first birthday. The earlier you begin the better chance your child has to prevent problems. In addition to checking for decay and other problems we will teach you how to properly clean your childs teeth daily and will evaluate your child’s teeth for supplemental fluoride needs. By starting dental visits at an early age, you’ll be helping your child build a lifetime of good dental habits
What will happen during my child’s first dental visit?
Prior to a first appointment our office must receive a completed New Patient Form so we can setup your patient records in our system. Once your new patient record has been created we will contact you to schedule the first appointment. At your child’s first visit we will thoroughly explain each of our procedures to your child in terms that can be easily understood before we do it. A full examination of the teeth and gums will be done. The occlusion (bite) will be evaluated and the teeth cleaned. Radiographs (x-rays) will be taken if necessary to check for normal development and hidden decay between the teeth. You will also learn important preventative home skills to help your child’s teeth stay strong and healthy. Following the exam, we will discuss any future treatment needs. Any questions you may have pertaining to the plan of treatment can be answered at this time.
We value the health and safety of all of our patients and for that reason, it is our policy all children seen in our office need to be current with the CDC Recommended Child Immunization Schedule. We do recognize there are medical conditions which prevent patients from receiving vaccines. If your child has a documented medical exemption, before the appointment is scheduled we kindly ask you to present a letter from their PCP stating the medical reason the child is not vaccinated and confirm they are in good health- not posing a risk to others or themselves when being seen in a dental office. Once received we’ll be happy to help you going further. Thank you for your understanding in our efforts to keep everyone safe!
Call Algonquin Kids Dentistry Phone Number 224-654-6543 to schedule your child’s first visit!