WHEN SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST?
The ideal time to bring your child to their first dental
visit is around their second birthday. By the age of 2, your child will
have all of their “baby” teeth. This is the perfect time for Dr. DalBon
to carefully examine the development of your child’s mouth. He can
provide recommendations to safeguard against problems such as baby
bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, and prolonged thumb-sucking.
WHAT CAN MY CHILD EXPECT ON THEIR FIRST VISIT?
Once your child’s medical history is reviewed, Dr. DalBon will
thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums. Our hygienist
will professionally clean and polish your child's teeth and, based on
your child's age, administer a topical fluoride treatment to help
strengthen their teeth and prevent decay.
WHAT ABOUT X-RAYS?
Dr. DalBon is very conservative when it comes to
x-rays. Typically, two films are taken, one on each side of your
child's mouth, and by using digital x-rays to check for cavities we are
able to reduce the amount of radiation your child is exposed to by up to
DOES MY CHILD NEED FLUORIDE SUPPLEMENTS?
All children need supplemental fluoride after they are
six months old. Most children get this fluoride from the water they
drink, provided they are in an area where the city water supply has
fluoride in it (greater than 0.6 ppm). Sources of water that typically
don't have enough fluoride include well water and filtered or bottled
water. If you child does not receive fluoride in their water, Dr. DalBon
or your pediatrician can prescribe fluoride supplements. Too much
fluoride can cause fluorosis,a permanent, white to brown discoloration
of the enamel of your child's teeth. Fluorosis can occur if your child
is drinking fluoridated water and taking fluoride supplements.