If you’re preparing to bring your child to the dentist for the first time, it’s only natural that you might have some questions about their dental care! We’re happy to help answer those for you and you can reach out to us at any time. Here are a few questions that we often get asked and that you may be wondering about too!
WHEN SHOULD I BRING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Generally speaking, your child should visit the dentist shortly after their first tooth arrives or around the time of their first birthday – whichever comes first.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY INFANT’S FIRST VISIT?
As dentists, it’s as important for us to get to know your family as it is to understand your child’s unique dental needs. So, during our first visit, in addition to examining your child’s teeth and gums, we focus on understanding your concerns as parent as well as providing helpful material and ideas on helping to care for your child’s teeth.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING VISITS WITH OLDER CHILDREN?
Routine visits with older children typically involve an examination and cleaning. If the assessment and exam show any need of additional treatment, we’ll discuss the various options with you and arrange the best time for these procedures to take place.
HOW CAN I HELP PREPARE MY CHILD FOR THEIR VISIT?
What we have noticed to be the most helpful when preparing your child for their dental visit is simply to maintain a positive attitude. Dental visits can sometimes cause us to feel nervous as adults, too! Children are highly intuitive and can pick up on this anxiety. So, to help alleviate any concerns, talk to them about their visit, show them photos from the website or pictures of the staff that they might meet while they are there. Let them know that our staff cares deeply about helping care for children’s teeth and will do everything we can to help them have fun while they’re at our office!
HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We are happy to help you with any concerns you may have or to get you child scheduled for their first appointment.