Importance Of Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Your child’s first dental appointment is an important milestone for their smile and overall oral health and can influence their future feelings about visiting the dentist. At Dentistry for Children in Sartell, MN, Monticello, MN, Princeton, MN, and Sauk Centre, MN, we are committed to making your child’s experience at the dentist a fun and positive one! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children be seen by a dentist no later than their first birthday. Contact us to make your first appointment today!
What To Expect At Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Your baby’s first dental visit should be friendly and relaxed. We spend time with our pediatric patients to allow them time to feel comfortable with the process before beginning the dental exam. Your child’s first dental visit will be a routine cleaning and exam. We’ll look at the development of their teeth and gums. We may take radiographs at this time to help with diagnosis and evaluate oral development. At Dentistry for Children, we use an open bay treatment area for routine care as well as individual quiet rooms for operations or first-time visits. If dental treatment is necessary following the visit, we will discuss options available to best meet your child’s needs.
How Can You Help Prepare Your Child For Their First Dental Visit?
Whether it’s your toddler’s first dental visit or an older child, it’s important to talk to them about visiting the dentist for the first time. Before the first visit we encourage parents to avoid over-explaining the process to their children. Focus on positive language. Try not to use negative language such as needles, shots, drills, and avoid using the possibility of cavities as a punishment for not brushing or food choices day-to-day. Tell them about the excitement of going to the dentist, getting a shiny new toothbrush, and brushing away all of the “sugar bugs.”
What To Bring To Your Child’s First Dental Visit
The most important thing is to bring to your child’s first dental visit is your smile and positive attitude. Please complete all pediatric patient information forms so we know all about your child’s medical history. You may either send us your insurance card prior to the appointment or bring it with you to the appointment.
Contact Us To Schedule A First Dental Appointment
We’re so excited to meet your children! The team at Dentistry For Children creates a safe space with state-of-the-art technology for children of all ages. Our experienced dental team is here to ensure you feel confident and relaxed about your child’s first dental appointment. We want the dentist to be a fun place where children enjoy visiting to continue their oral health for years to come. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!