According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first dental visit to our Kaufman dentist should happen by the time they turn 12 months old. This visit will primarily focus on introducing you to proper oral hygiene for your child and a quick evaluation of your child’s oral development. Our dentists can discuss many topics with you to ensure optimal dental health, including your child’s diet, finger and pacifier habits, and tooth eruption and the use of fluoride products.
Believe it or not, you play a large role in getting your child prepared for their first visit to the dentist. Focus on the positive aspects of dentistry with your child and act relaxed and at ease. Your child will likely sense anxiety on your part. You can remind them that this visit to the dentist means that they are growing up, and you can explain what a dental exam entails—the dentist will count and take pictures of their teeth.
Although it may seem like a good idea to tell your child that the “dentist will not hurt,” it can actually introduce that idea to them and make them feel afraid instead of comforted. Rather, you can let your child know that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. In addition, you should avoid using words that suggest unpleasant experiences, including needle, shot, or pull. You’re your child that before we perform any procedure, we will explain it in terms that they can understand.
It’s common for young children to cry when faced with a new, unfamiliar situation. If your child feels afraid, try to reassure them. Our friendly, caring team members can also help your child overcome any apprehension. If you expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our dental office, odds are that they will!
At your child’s first appointment, we will review the health history form with you. During the initial exam, you are certainly welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area. That way, you can watch our staff in action and allow your easier discussion with your dentist about any issues or treatments. After examining your child’s head and neck, the dentist will evaluate the teeth, gums and your child’s bite. If necessary, we’ll take dental radiographs (x-rays). Then, your child will receive a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment to prevent future tooth decay. If they need other services, they will be scheduled for another visit.
Although we can spend time during the appointment to educate your child on proper tooth brushing techniques, parental reinforcement and follow-through are important for your child’s lifelong oral health. To avoid cavities, we strongly recommend flossing your child’s teeth to and staying away from sticky, sugary foods such as Gummy Bears, Fruit Roll-Ups, and raisins.
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