You should plan to take your child to the dentist for the first time when their first tooth appears. While seeking dental care at this point is important, as a concerned parent, you may wonder what to expect during this initial visit.
Don’t worry. Modern dentists understand that this first dental visit can be intimidating for children and their parents, which is why they try to make it as relaxing and stress-free as possible.
Keep reading to learn more about what to expect during your child’s first dental visit.
Start Preparing for the Visit Early
It’s best to start preparing your child for their first dental visit as soon as you can. Discuss what is going to happen and stay positive.
If you have a baby, this part may not be necessary; however, staying happy and avoiding worrying is just as important for the parent as it is for the child.
You can even schedule short, 30 minute dental appointments for your child, which will help keep things short and sweet for their initial visit. This is a great way to introduce your child to the dental office, dentist, and all the equipment that is found here.
Introducing your child to the dentist in an unthreatening manner is a great way to reduce dental-related anxiety.
Arriving at the Office
During your child’s initial visit (or any visit for that matter), they will be welcomed to the office by the office staff.
You can speed up the process by filling out the new patient forms online before arriving at the office.
If you arrive early and have to wait, let your child watch TV in the waiting room, read books together, or play with some of the toys. It’s best to find a kid-friendly dentist to ensure these types of activities are available.
During the Appointment
It’s only natural for a child to be active and find it hard to sit still during the appointment. In some cases, the dental tech may request that the child sits in your lap to help make the appointment easier on everyone.
The dentist will look for any signs of tooth decay during the exam and check things like your child’s bite, jaw, and gums.
Usually, a dental cleaning will take place, too. The dentist will provide information and tips on caring for your child’s oral health and answer any questions you have.
Are You Ready for Your Child’s First Dental Visit?
If your child’s first dental visit has been scheduled, now is the time to ensure you are both prepared. Use the tips and information here to know what to expect during this appointment and ensure everyone is prepared.
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