What to Expect
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child’s first visit to the dentist be by age one. By seeing the dentist early in life, we can work to make their dental visit a positive and pleasant experience. Seeing the dentist at a young age also allows us to help teach parents and children strategies to help prevent cavities and have good oral health. Reviewing quality oral hygiene practices and seeing the dentist regularly will create a good relationship with the dentist.
The first visit will consist of a thorough oral exam and may include x-rays, a cleaning, and a fluoride application. Children often sense a parents fear and anxiety, and mirror those feelings. If you as parent have a fear of the dentist, be mindful of what you say around your children because it can create unnecessary fear and anxiety. Try not to use words like “scary”, “hurt”, “pain”, “shots”, “needle”, and “drill”. We will explain the process to the child by using words that are more pleasant and non-scary. The pediatric dentist and staff are trained to work exclusively with children and are highly trained to help them overcome anxiety.