Your Go-To Kids' Dentist in Westerville, OH
Has your child had their first tooth grow in or recently celebrated their first birthday? If so, then it's time to start thinking about their oral health. We recommend that you bring them in for their first checkup and exam and our friendly, charismatic team will ensure they're starting on the right path towards a lifetime of healthy smiles.Contact Us
What to Expect at Your Child's First Dental Visit
Your little one's first visit is all about getting them used to our team and our office, and setting a baseline for their dental health moving forward. Their initial appointment gives us the opportunity to show your child that dental visits aren't anything to be scared of. We understand that the dentist can seem intimidating, and we always invite parents to come back with their kiddos to sit next to them for additional support and to get all of the information they need first-hand regarding their child's oral health. Our personable, lively team goes above and beyond to help your child feel safe, comfortable, and stress-free!
During your child's appointment, we'll perform a few quick X-rays then examine their teeth, jaw, and gums. Next, one of our skilled dental hygienists will clean their teeth and give your child a fluoride treatment or dental sealant (if necessary).
Topics Our Team Will Cover
- Brushing & flossing instruction
- Managing negative oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting & lip sucking)
- Developmental milestones
One of the main things we look out for in our younger patients are cavities. Baby teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay, so we take cavity prevention very seriously. Since baby teeth eventually fall out, you may not think they are important. However, they are crucial for the development and alignment of your child's permanent teeth, breaking down solid foods, and more, which is why it's imperative to ensure your kid's teeth are well taken care of. In addition to their biannual dental exams and cleanings, there are also a few tips you can follow at home to keep decay at bay.
Cavity Prevention 101
- Limit sugary snacks and drinks
- Choose nutritious vitamin and fiber-filled snacks
- Instill proper brushing and flossing habits
- Encourage your child to drink plenty of water