First Dental visit
When your child's teeth begin to errupt, call Dr. Gladnick to discuss scheduling his/her first dental appointment. We encouage you to bring your children along when you have your check-ups so that they can get to know us, get a ride in the chair and realize that going to the dentist can actuallly be fun! Normally there is no charge for this appointment because we like our patients to start early to develop good dental habits.
We also like to have the chance to share some important information that will help you to get your child's dental care off to a good start. For example, did you know that after every feeding you should wipe your baby's gums with a wet gauze pad or washcloth? By the time the back molars begin to appear, you should begin brushing the teeth with a child sized toothbrush and water. Once your child learns to be able to spit and not swallow toothpaste, you can begin brushing the teeth with a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Floss should be used once the teeth begin to touch one another. This will go a long way in preventing cavities between the teeth.
What will happen at the first dental visit?
Dr. Gladnick will:
- review your child's medical and dental history.
- complete a thorough oral exam to assess growth and development
- determine your child's risk of developing cavities
- clean the teeth and provide instructions on daily care
- review nutritional habits that mey lead to tooth decay
- discuss teething, pacifier use. and thumb sucking
- discuss what to do in cases of dental emergencies
What about fluoride?
Fluoride occurs natually in most water sources. Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants.For infants who get most of their nutrition through formula duing their first twelve months, ready to feed formula is preferrable to ensure that they do not exceed the optimal amount of fluoride intake. If powdered formula is used it should be mixed with water thta is fluoride free.