How to prepare your child for his first dental visit

Parents and caregivers, this video has some great tips about how to prepare your child for their first dental visit.  At Harbor Country Dental, we strive to make all visits pleasant and non-stressful for you and your child.  You'll have the best chance of introducing the dental office in a positive light if you take your child to preventative visits rather than wait for a problem to arise. -Hillary V. Knight, DDS

Hillary Knight
Age 1 Dental Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, AAPD, recommends finding a dental home for your child by 12 months of age.  This first dental visit is quick and fun and introduces your child to the dental team who will be helping care for your child's smile throughout their lifetime.  We typically perform an exam with the child on the parent's lap (see photo below) and look for teeth eruption patterns and check for cavities.  Flouride varnish is applied to keep the enamel of growing teeth strong.  And moms, dads, and other caregivers have a chance to ask questions and learn what they can do to help their child have the healthiest smile.

 Baby Michael's first dental exam

Baby Michael's first dental exam

Hillary Knight
National Children's Dental Health Month

Calling all educators!  February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  The American Dental Association provides a great resource for quick lesson plans of 10-30 min that help to educate children on the importance of oral health, and gives guidelines for staying healthy. The lesson plans are directed towards specific age groups to ensure the students are engaged.

http://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/educators

Also, this is a GREAT resource for educating everyone on the long term effects of drinking soda pop and giving suggestions for healthier drink options:

http://drinksdestroyteeth.org/for-teachers/

 

Hillary Knight
Prenatal Oral Health Care

Since February is the ADA's official National Children's Dental Health Month, January is the perfect time to talk about Prenatal Oral Health.  

Expectant mommies:  Find out What New Mothers Should Know and How to Keep Your Baby Cavity Free. <http://www.prenataloralhealth.org/index.php/about/page/32/Mothers+Videos>

Hillary Knight