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How To Prepare
Your child’s first dental visit is an important milestone in their growth and development and may seem a little intimidating when the time comes. Our caring pediatric dentist and team are here to help you prepare for your child’s first visit and be a resource for you in caring for their smile. We encourage you to call Pediatric Dentistry and Braces any time you have questions, as well as to make your child’s appointment. We are happy to help!
A child’s first dental visit is typically more focused on educating parents and caregivers than it is on providing treatment. The goal of a first visit is to establish a comfortable “dental home” and lay the groundwork for continuing preventive care in the future.
Studies have shown that children who visit the dentist at a younger age are less likely to come to the dentist in the future with cavities or other dental problems. Keeping this in mind, we recommend that you do not make your child’s first dental visit into a large or intimidating event. Avoid using words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “hurt,” “drill,” “shot,” “pain” or “X-rays,” as well as phrases and comments that may appear to be reassuring, such as, “Don’t worry, the doctor won’t hurt you.” These types of phrases often cause greater anxiety rather than helping children calm down.
We also recommend that you try not to give your child more information than what they can understand. Our pediatric dentist and team are very experienced in helping children overcome anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in positive and pleasant ways that will help them avoid negative or anxious feelings when they are visiting us.
It is also normal for children to be uncooperative at their first visit, as children often feel anxious about the unknown and may exhibit avoidance behavior such as squirming or crying. Do not be surprised or embarrassed if your child does not cooperate initially. Our team is here to help, and we find that children take great pride in overcoming their fears. Most of our patients who cry at the beginning of their visit leave with a smile on their face.
Please feel free to call and speak with a member of our team if you have any questions or concerns. We will be happy to review what will happen at your child’s first visit and offer recommendations on ways you can prepare to bring them to meet with us.