When you bring your child in for the first visit at Dr. Spalitto’s
dentist office near St. Louis, you can expect a visit that jumpstarts a lifetime of good dental hygiene.
Focusing on dental visits while your child is still young leads to a happy
and healthy mouth. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from
this first dental visit:
You Talk About Your Child’s Medical History
Before Dr. Spalitto starts the exam, he will sit down to talk to you about
your child’s medical history. The more information you can give
about your child’s health, the more effective the visit will be.
You should also list any medications that your child takes so Dr. Spalitto
knows how to proceed with the exam.
Dr. Spalitto Examines Your Child’s Mouth
The purpose of this dental visit is for Dr. Spalitto to thoroughly examine
your child’s mouth to determine the current condition of his or
her teeth and gums. This exam gives the dentist information about future
growth and development. It also allows Dr. Spalitto to check out the child’s
oral hygiene to determine if there is a risk of tooth decay or if there
is already evidence of cavities.
Dr. Spalitto Cleans the Teeth
This first visit also gives Dr. Spalitto the opportunity to clean your
child’s teeth and gums to remove any plaque or tartar that you might
have missed with at-home brushing or flossing. During the cleaning, Dr.
Spalitto can also give you some tips about the proper way to care for
your child’s teeth and gums at home.
You Learn More About Pediatric Dental Care
Take advantage of this first dental visit by asking Dr. Spalitto any question
you have about your child’s developing mouth. You and the dentist
can discuss habits like using a pacifier or sucking the thumb. With your
discussion about dental treatments, you can figure out exactly what you
need to do to help your child grow up with a healthy, beautiful smile.