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What kids can expect at their first dental visit in Wichita

Many parents come to the East Wichita Dentist to ask about when their child should visit a pediatric dentist. It is highly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that parents bring their child in to see the dentist by their first birthday. If primary teeth erupt through the gums earlier, they should visit the dentist at that time.

The idea of bringing a young child to the dentist may seem unnecessary to some parents. However, it is very important. Problems such as early childhood caries (known as ECC) can be diagnosed during the first dental visit. Parents can also take this time to ask their dentist about how to care for their children's smiles to avoid the development of further problems.

What can kids expect during their first dental visit? At the first appointment, children will undergo a quick examination of the teeth and gums to check for health. Children become familiar with the dentist and staff, as well as the environment to ensure they are comfortable and at ease.

This appointment is just as important for parents as it is for children. Parents can take the time to learn about their child's oral health, and learn about:
  • How to care for their child's teeth and gums
  • When to introduce fluoride into a child's dental routine
  • Thumb sucking or the use of pacifiers and how it affects dental health
  • What to expect during the teething process and when to be concerned regarding development
  • Proper diet and nutrition, which can benefit the health of the teeth and gums
  • How to protect the teeth from damage
  • When to introduce flossing
At East Wichita Dentist, we believe children and adults can enjoy quality, comprehensive dental care. It is important that parents choose a dentist for their family who is knowledgeable about pediatric dentistry and understands the specific needs of children. Patients in and around the Wichita area are encouraged to contact our state-of-the-art practice to learn about pediatric dentistry and the ways in which it can benefit the smiles of children!
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