Making Childhood Dentistry
Friendly, Relaxed, & Pain Free
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 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. At that first appointment a member of the Dentistry for Children team will work with you and your child to review current oral health needs and any concerns you may have.
During the first appointment your child will go through a routine cleaning and exam, looking for normal health and development of both the teeth and gums. Radiographs may be taken at that time as well to help with diagnosis and to evaluate oral growth and development.
At Dentistry for Children, we use an open bay treatment area for routine care as well as individual quiet rooms for operatories or first time visits. We believe children often feel more comfortable at the dentist’s office when they’re able to observe the behavior of peers.
If treatment is necessary following the visit, we will discuss options available to best meet the needs of your child.
How can you help your child to prepare for their first visit?
Prior to the first visit we encourage parents to avoid over-explaining the process to their children. Focus on positive language and keep it casual. Try to not use negative language such as needles, shots, drill, and avoid using the possibility of cavities as a punishment for not brushing or food choices day-to-day. We want to keep it positive! The best advice is to keep the conversations simple and allow the experience to speak for itself.
If you want to share with your child what the first visit might look like, check out our video below!