Pediatric Dentistry in Wilmington, DE
As a father of four and a dentist who has treated thousands of children in his family-friendly practice, Dr. Gladnick encourages you to bring your children for their first dental visit as soon as possible. It is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur within six months after the first tooth eruption. Starting early is the key to preventing cavities and a lifetime of good dental health.
Your child will be treated to a new toothbrush and a ride in our chair (with you, of course!). We like to make the first visit an especially positive experience. You will be pleased to meet our friendly, nurturing staff and warm environment.
First Dental Visit
When your child's teeth begin to erupt, call Dr. Gladnick to discuss scheduling his/her first dental appointment. We encourage 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 actually be fun! Normally there is no charge for this appointment because we would like the junior members of our practice to associate a trip to the dentist with a positive experience.
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 either a damp clean washcloth or a moistened gauze pad?
By the time the back molars begin to appear, you should begin brushing the teeth using a water and toothbrush designed for baby teeth. 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. Once the teeth begin touching each other, you should begin flossing. 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 may lead to tooth decay
- discuss teething, pacifier use, and thumb sucking
- discuss what to do in cases of dental emergencies
What about fluoride and nutrition?
Fluoride occurs naturally in most water sources, making it totally unnecessary to add fluoride supplements to your child's diet. Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants. For infants who get most of their nutrition through formula during their first twelve months, ready-to-feed formula is preferable to ensure that they do not exceed the optimal amount of fluoride intake. If powdered formula is used, it should be mixed with water that is fluoride-free. Ultimately these are parental decisions, and we are willing to work with you and your child's needs.