If you’re like most parents, you understandably want the best for your child when it comes to health care and that includes dental care. However, you’re probably a bit nervous about your child’s first dental visit. This is absolutely normal, but keep in mind that your child may pick up on your anxiety. Fortunately, you can dispel anxiety on both you and your child’s part by preparing your child for the first visit by explaining what to expect from that first dentist visit. Here’s what you need to know:
The Dentist Will Ask for Your Child’s Medical Records
Knowing your child’s medical history will help the dentist provide customized care. Be sure to bring this with you to ensure that filling out the initial paperwork goes smoothly and quickly. If possible, arrive around 15 minutes early to fill out the paperwork. Our waiting room is equipped with toys and games designed to make little patients feel comfortable and engaged.
The Dentist Will Perform a Thorough Examination of Your Child’s Teeth
The dentist will inspect your child’s teeth for any signs of emergency tooth decay or gum issues as well as indications of alignment difficulties. You’ll be questioned about your child’s current oral hygiene routine, and the dentist may make recommendations designed to keep your child’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
The First Visit May Include a Gentle Cleaning
If the dentist has noticed indications of plaque or tartar buildup on your child’s teeth, a gentle cleaning may be performed during the first visit. Your child probably won’t have to have X-rays because this procedure is rarely performed when children still have their baby teeth.
At the very most, your child’s first dental visit shouldn’t last any longer than 45 minutes provided there are no serious dental issues. Most initial visits only last about thirty minutes.
Keep in mind that a positive first visit to the dentist sets the stage for a lifetime of good dental health. Please feel free to contact our office at your convenience for more information on making your child’s first visit to the dentist as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible.