“The needs of children are quite different than the needs of adults. I want to ensure that my youngest patients are comfortable, so their visits are fun with cool names for tools and lots of happy smiles.” Dr. Mark Marchbanks
Dental care is crucial during your child’s first year. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend a child visit the dentist before their first birthday.
This first appointment helps to establish a dental home and allows open discussion on tooth development and cavity prevention—and helps your child adjust to dental care from the youngest age.
What to expect from our office on your child’s first visit
The first office visit focuses on helpful tips for you as a parent or caregiver. Children at this age are too young to understand what dental care is, so it is up to the child’s caregivers to care for the child’s teeth.
Prevention starts at home, so we’ll go over things like proper ways to brush teeth, and how much toothpaste to use.
Some other things we go over include:
- Good oral hygiene practices for your child’s teeth and gums, and cavity prevention
- Fluoride needs
- Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking)
- Developmental milestones
- Proper nutrition
- Schedule of dental checkups. Dentists like to see children every 6 months to build up the child’s comfort and confidence level in visiting the dentist, as well as to monitor the development of the teeth and promptly treat any developing problems.
Subsequent office visits
Each and every appointment to our office builds trust and assurance with your child, as well as educates parents and caregivers for a combined approach in preventive dentistry. Our office and staff have created a compassionate, child-friendly environment. We want the children who come into our dental office in Arlington, TX to feel at home.