The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend a child's first dental visit be by 1 year of age! Let the first tooth remind you that it's time to see your pediatric dentist.
The first visit will start with a review of your child's medical and dental histories and an initial examination, which includes "counting his/her teeth." After a comprehensive examination of your child, any dental findings will be directly discussed with you. A cleaning and polishing of your child's teeth followed by a fluoride application will be done. Dental X-rays (pictures) are taken, if necessary, to ensure a thorough examination followed by oral hygiene instructions to emphasize proper oral health care. All aspects of a preventive dental health program including diet, hygiene and fluoride will also be discussed.
For optimal communication, Dr. Bajjalieh will explain each of our procedures in terms your child can understand. We want to make your child's first appointment a positive experience in order to set the tone for future appointments. If any dental findings indicate preventative or restorative treatment, then subsequent appointments may be scheduled.
It is always better to make a first dental appointment before your child has a dental problem. By starting an early prevention program, future dental problems can be avoided. Often times, if tooth decay is detected early enough, there are therapies available that can be used to reverse or minimize their growth. Furthermore, by introducing your child when little dental treatment is needed, he/she comes away a better patient with a more positive attitude about dentistry.
We are excited to have you a part of our patient family here at Alabama Pediatric Dentistry. We love giving the children of Homewood and Birmingham, AL, a reason to smile!