The following post is sponsored by Florida KidCare and opinions expressed are that of my own.
Recently you may have looked at your little one’s adorable smile and thought, “When should I schedule my Child’s First Dentist Appointment?”
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “it is recommended that all children see a pediatric dentist and establish a dental home by age one.” This is also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Source healthychildren.org.
Well, what if you are now wondering, ‘WOW. My child is now 2 or 3, oh no what should I do?’ Well, there is no time like the present to set up that initial visit. Plus, you may have decided to wait based upon your level of comfort as a parent or that of your child.
Why is that first appointment recommended at such an early age?
Just like a well care appointment at a pediatrician, it is all about prevention. Visiting the dentist helps determine if your child’s teeth are coming in or developing appropriately. Plus, the doctor can address any gum or specific tooth issues and give parents tips on how to care for their child’s oral Health.
On the path to your little one’s first appointment? Florida KidCare offers preventive care, including health and dental coverage.
What should you expect at your Child’s First Dentist Appointment?
My sister recently took her little guy and based on her experience as well as my own, here’s what you may expect*:
-The dentist will take a look at your little ones teeth to see if they are formed correctly and look for any visible gum issues.
-They will examine teeth for cavities or damage.
-The hygienist will explain what dental tools are and then perform a routine cleaning.
-A set of benchmark x-rays may be created.
-The dentist or hygienist will explain to the child how to use a toothbrush and floss at home.
-Oral care habits or any potential issues will be discussed with parent(s).
-An additional appointment or treatment may be scheduled.
*Depending upon the age or level of maturity of our child, this list could vary. FYI, my youngest child’s initial appointment was actually performed in my lap and we returned on a later date for a cleaning and x-rays.
Are you looking for Dental Insurance Coverage for your kids for their first appointment and you reside in the State of Florida?
From birth through the end of age 18 Florida KidCare‘s health and dental services are delivered through quality plans that offer a choice of local doctors, dentists, specialists, hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare providers.
This includes free, subsidized and full-pay options based on family income and household size. Most families pay nothing at all, and many pay as little as just $15 or $20 a month for all children in the household.
Families who do not qualify for free or subsidized coverage may purchase a competitively priced full-pay plan. To learn more about Florida KidCare insurance options available for your family, visit iamkidcare.org.
I hope this information helps answer a few of the questions about your child’s First dentist appointment, and gives you insight on what both you and your child can expect.
Carlee @ FLL