We recommend that you bring your child in to see Dr. Holder and Dr. Kirkpatrick as soon as their first baby tooth erupts; this may be as early as six months of age.
Of course, when your child’s only six months old, we’re not going to try to do any complicated exams or treatments. During this visit, we’ll focus on educating you about the best ways to care for your child’s teeth as they continue to erupt. We will evaluate their teeth for proper development, brush their teeth, and apply a fluoride varnish because most babies are using a non-fluoridated toothpaste prior to age two. Fluoride strengthens the teeth and helps them to become more resistant to future decay - think of it as a vitamin for their teeth.
We’ll also take the time to show your little one all the interesting equipment and introduce them to our caring staff. Every positive experience your child has with us is a step toward developing a good attitude about dental care. If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about how your child might react, you are always welcome to stay with your child throughout their appointment.
Getting quality dental care for your child is affordable - all insurance plans (PPO or otherwise) will begin covering your child at birth, assuming you have notified your carrier that a child was born and added them to the policy. Most insurance plans will cover preventative care (exams, cleanings for children, fluoride) at 100%.
Please give us a call to arrange your child’s exciting first dental visit!