Children’s first visit to the dentist
Taking your child to visit the dentist for the first time can be a milestone moment. But kids will be kids and you want to ensure that this appointment goes smoothly. With our guidance, this can be easily done.
Why it’s important to take your child to visit the dentist
Many people underestimate the importance of taking children to the dentist. Your child’s baby teeth are just as susceptible to decay as their adult teeth and good oral practices need to bs instilled from an early age. There is a notion of “why should it matter if my child’s baby teeth experience decay, these teeth fall out anyway.” And while it is true that your child will eventually lose their baby teeth, it is still important to care for them as they set the blueprint for their adult teeth to come.
Your child will also need time to become acquainted with their dentist and a familiar face who has been tending to their teeth from a young age will be a great way to help ensure a positive experience at the dentist for years to come.
The first trip to the dentist is just as important for you as it is your child as your dentist will also guide you on proper gum and tooth care for your child.
Calming the jitters
Feeling a little nervous before a trip to the dentist is not just reserved for children, adults can become anxious too! Ensuring a positive dental experience from childhood can help prevent anxiety in later years.
Chat to your child about their visit and about the dentist. You should be sure to explain that there is nothing to be afraid of. Some dentists even allow small children to sit on their parent’s lap during an examination to help make the child feel more comfortable and at ease.
Some dentists also offer stickers etc after a dental visit as a small reward after the visit. If your dentist does not do this, take it upon yourself to give your child a small reward after the first dental visit. This could be in the form of any small treat such as stickers, stamps or your child’s favourite activity. This will help generate a positive association with the dentist.
What to expect during your child’s visit?
Before your child’s first trip to the dentist, you should ensure that your dentist is well aware of your child’s general health as well as any medication he/she is on. It is also a good idea to keep your child’s paediatrician’s number handy during the visit in case your dentist requires any further health information.
Your dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums as well as clean them and apply fluoride. Your dentist will also familiarize your child with common dental instruments. The dentist may also take x-rays, though they can sometimes skip this step at a first appointment if your child is nervous. If you’d like to know exactly what your child’s visit will look like, you can contact the practice directly for more information.
Visiting the dentist with your child does not have to be a traumatic experience. In fact, it can be a positive experience that is completed with total ease.