Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care. We understand that your child may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to children’s needs and it is our goal to make your child feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible.
1 Year Dental Well Check
What is a 1 Year Dental Well Check?
At Surf City Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to your child’s oral health. This is why we are happy to provide your child with a 1 Year Dental Well Check to make sure your child’s smile is healthy for a lifetime. Our 1 Year Dental Well Child Check is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Both the AAPD and the AAP encourage children to visit the dentist by their first birthday. We are so enthusiastic about this that our 1 Year Dental Well Check is FREE for babies under 18 months of age! Schedule your infant’s first visit to have their smile examined by our Pediatric Dentist today!
Benefits of a 1 Year Dental Well Check
You might be wondering why is it important for your baby to visit the pediatric dentist if their baby teeth will eventually fall out. To help keep your baby's smile healthy, strong and beautiful for years to come, it is important for a pediatric dentist to examine your baby's current oral health. Baby teeth are important for several reasons. The biggest reason is your baby's overall good health. Because healthy baby teeth allow your baby to eat healthy and nutritious meals. Baby teeth help with clear pronunciation and speech development. Baby teeth help maintain a positive self-image. Also, baby teeth help guide the adult teeth when they are ready to grow in.
What to expect at your child’s first appointment
Dr. John Guijon will ask a few basic questions about your child’s oral health, such as when their first teeth came in and their current oral heath routine. This information will allow your pediatric dentist to provide the personalized care for your baby. Then, your child’s pediatric dentist will examine your baby’s mouth to look for any dental developmental problems or dental decay, and “count” your baby’s teeth. Your baby’s gums will also be examined to ensure good oral health. While gum disease is uncommon in infants, gum swelling and redness can still occur. Once the dental exam is finished, your pediatric dentist will discuss your baby’s oral health and offer customized advice on how to keep their teeth healthy.
What to do before your baby’s 1 Year Dental Well Check visit
1. Fill out our digital new patient forms to keep our dental team updated on your baby’s oral health. Completing these forms before your appointment day will shorten your waiting time and will ensure a seamless dental visit.
2. To help keep your baby comfortable, excited, and soothed during their 1 Year Dental Well Check, we encourage parents to bring blankets, toys, or other playful items to encourage comfort throughout their dental visit.
Your first visit (child 19 months and older) is all about your child — his or her comfort, happiness, and health.
During your child’s first visit, we will review their dental and medical history forms, and take X-rays (if necessary) of their teeth and mouth. Then, the doctor will meet with you and your child to discuss the X-rays, help create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have. At your child’s next visit, one of our hygienists will clean and polish their teeth, checking for any cavities or early signs of tooth decay or gingivitis.
Bring your smile, but also remember to bring these with you to your child’s first appointment:
- Your completed patient information form
- Your insurance card
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
We understand that your family has a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing for a dental visit, please remember that an appointment can last between 20 and 40 minutes.