What can I expect from my child's first dental visit?
Our first goal for a child's initial visit is to do our very best to make the child feel comfortable and introduce him or her to the dental setting. Our hope is to provide a fun and positive experience for the child while at the same time ensure that the parents feel confident about their child’s dental health.
Starting the Conversation About Your Child's Health
A large portion of the first dental visit is spent discussing common dental topics and leaving plenty of time for questions and answers. Some common topics of discussion are:
- How to brush a young child’s teeth
- What types of foods/beverages are better for dental health
- When to expect new teeth
- How to manage teething, pacifier and thumb-sucking habits, bottle and sippy cup use
- What to do in case of a dental emergency
A Thorough Dental Exam
The next step is often to complete a dental exam, which typically includes a gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaws, gums, bite, and oral structures. This is a great time to demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques. A thorough cleaning and topical fluoride application may be completed. If the child is under age 3 or unable to sit in the dental chair alone, we may recommend completing the exam/cleaning with the parent holding the child in their lap.
From the beginning to the end of your visit, we do our best to ensure you and your child are comfortable and that all your questions or concerns are addressed.
If it's time for your child's first appointment, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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