A Complete Guide to Your Child’s First Visit

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While you’re basking in the joys of being a new parent, you’ll also be becoming accustomed to your responsibilities towards your child. This includes general healthcare, but your baby’s dental care is also highly important. You may be wondering when to take your bundle of joy in for their first dental appointment. It may be surprising to learn that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit happen by their first birthday.

Visiting the dentist can be a fun adventure for your child! You can help us ensure that your child has a great experience. Talk to your child before your visit and explain in simple words what will happen so he or she will not be nervous. When you come in to our office, bring a snack and a toy or blanket. These small things will help your child feel that our office is a comfortable and safe place.

When you and your child visit our office, Dr. John Bosak, Jr. will share lots of tips with you. Our dentist will talk with you about:

– Caring for your child’s mouth
– Fluoride and your child’s smile
– Bad habits, like thumb-sucking
– Preventing accidents that harm the face or teeth
– Teething and other milestones in your baby’s development
– How your baby’s diet affects his or her oral health

Dr. John Bosak, Jr. will examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of cavities and other issues. In addition, our hygienist may clean your baby’s pearly whites. If your baby needs it, fluoride may be applied to give his or her teeth an extra little boost against cavities. Before you leave our office, we will answer each of your questions and schedule your bundle of joy’s next visit.

We welcome you to contact our office at 818-368-5676 today to learn more about your child’s first dental visit in Granada Hills, California, and to schedule a visit.