Child Dentistry Windsor CT

Your child’s first visit

The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. We will clean your child’s teeth and recommend that we apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.

What are some tips for my child’s first dental visit?

  • Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
  • Read books with them about going to the dentist.
  • Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
  • Speak positively about your own dental experiences.

What about preventative care?

At our office we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care.  Here are some tips for cavity prevention:

  • Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
  • Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
  • Watch what your child drinks.
  • Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
  • Make treats part of meals.
  • Choose nutritious snacks.

Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.

When your child’s permanent molars come in, we recommend dental sealants to prevent future cavities.  Dental sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth.