We recommend that the first “regular” dental visit should be no later than your child’s first birthday. This is the same recommendation made by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. When it is time to visit the dentist it is important to make this visit an enjoyable one! Our aim is to ensure each patient has the most relaxing and comfortable experience possible while getting to know our team.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. Depending on the situation we may take X-rays reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Many young children are naturally open and excited about new experiences. By continuing to build that trust through the reinforcement of a positive experience, it will be possible to ensure your child’s optimum comfort. Explain to your child beforehand that the staff and doctor will be gentle and caring and answer any questions he or she may have. There should always be a safe environment where children can feel free to discuss what they are feeling.
The Parent’s Role
Parents play a big role in how a visit to the dentist is perceived. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.
How to Best prepare a child for his/her 1st dental appointment
The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our office is to maintain a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions, and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist you can be sure that your child will fear an unpleasant experience and act accordingly. Show your child the pictures of the office and our team on our website. Let your child know that it’s important to keep his/her teeth and gums healthy, and that the doctor will help him do that. Remember that your dentist is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.
If you are looking for a caring dentist, you have come to the right place. To make your child’s first dental appointment, contact us today.