When it comes to your child’s oral health, early care is imperative. Improper care can lead to painful cavities that impact your child’s nutrition and developing speech, and significant oral health issues early on can develop into lifelong problems. The compassionate professionals at Fioritto Family Dental are happy to help by becoming your preferred pediatric dentist in Cleveland.
A child’s first visit to the dentist can be nerve-wracking for parents. Our experienced staff will put your mind at ease by creating a comfortable and fun environment for children. When should you schedule your child’s first pediatric visit and what can you expect?
Your Child’s First Visit
You should schedule a first visit with Fioritto Family Dental by your child’s first birthday. Why so early? Even before teeth begin to erupt, your child’s mouth is home to sugars and bacteria that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. This is why new parents are advised to wipe baby’s gums twice daily with a soft, clean cloth, to prevent any possible decay before new teeth even appear.
When teeth first erupt, it’s time to start brushing with a soft, infant toothbrush and a tiny amount of ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. It’s also time to contact the professionals at Fioritto Family Dental to schedule your child’s first visit.
What can you expect during the first dental visit? First, don’t be nervous. You’re likely far more nervous than your child, and baby will pick up on your feelings. If you’re calm and relaxed, your child will be, too. You can also bring a favorite toy and snack to prevent fussiness and ensure a positive experience.
During the first visit, our gentle and caring staff will perform a brief examination of your child’s mouth to assess oral health and check for any early warning signs of decay or other issues. After this, we’ll discuss proper dental care moving forward, best practices for preventing cavities and other common problems, and any treatment needed to address current issues or prevent future oral health concerns.
The first visit should be easy and relaxed. At Fioritto Family Dental, we strive to put parents and children at ease. We want your child’s first visit, and every visit, to be comfortable and successful, and this means creating positive associations from the start.
Your Trusted Pediatric Dentist in Cleveland
At Fioritto Family Dental, we understand that proper oral care is a multi-faceted process. This is why we’re proud to partner with parents to ensure good oral hygiene as soon as a child’s first teeth appear. You never want your kids to suffer the pain and potential disadvantages associated with cavities or other oral health concerns. With our caring and experienced staff to guide you, your child has the best opportunity to enjoy optimal oral health for life.
If you’re ready to schedule your child’s first pediatric dental visit, contact Fioritto Family Dental at 440-951-5511 or online today.