Is it that time? Time to bring your child to the first dental visit? Here are some tips and tricks to make that first appointment a positive experience!
When should your child first be seen?
At the Dental Development Center, we suggest your first child be seen by age 1 so we can review some basic suggestions regarding diet, drinking and dental care. We will also address any specific questions you may have regarding your child. Each subsequent child can begin visiting our office regularly for appointments by age 2. It is important to understand that it is best for your child to be seen preventatively, rather than waiting until there is already a dental problem to address.
What should parents do to prepare for the visit?
Books are a fantastic way to introduce new ideas to children. There are several books available to read with your child about visiting the dentist. Check your local library for a book your child would enjoy. We strongly suggest not using phrases such as “This won’t be scary” and “Nothing will hurt”. These phrases just introduce the idea of scary and hurt to them and they start thinking about those negative ideas. Your child will get a new toothbrush and a toy at the end of their visit. Those subjects are great ideas to talk about!
Can parents stay with their child during the visit?
Absolutely! We want you to be there. The most important part of the visit is the communication that takes place between our staff and parents. The daily care that happens at home is what will determine the health of your child’s mouth, so that is our main focus!
What will happen at the first visit?
Our main two goals at the first visit are evaluation and education. We will get a good look inside your child’s mouth to make sure there are no signs of early tooth decay or other issues to discuss. We will also take the opportunity to discuss things such as bottle drinking, sippy cups, teeth brushing, toothpaste options, thumb/pacifier habits, as well as any questions you may have. We do not force your child to participate in a dental cleaning. We want these early visits to be as positive as possible to help avoid creating dental fears. These visits are very laid back and may take place in the dental chair or even on Mom’s lap. Whatever makes the child feel the most comfortable!
Ready to schedule? Give us a call at 859-371-4422 or email email@example.com today!