What will happen during my child’s first visit to our children’s dentist?
Your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist is typically brief and informal. Your child will get to know the dentist during this appointment and get used to the clinic settings. A small checkup may also be done, depending on the little one’s comfort level and age.
What does the dentist look for during dental examinations?
Our children’s dentist will inspect your child’s teeth for signs of gum, teeth and jaw problems such as gum disease, bad bites and decays. She will want to know about the child’s eating habits and the hygiene routine you have introduced them to.
Will I have the chance to ask questions about my child’s oral health?
Yes. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about your child’s oral health including diet, thumb-sucking, or other concerns.
Do you have any suggestions to prepare my child for his first visit?
It is normal for a child to become anxious at the mention of a hospital, doctor or dentist. Let them know you understand them and try to help them overcome that fear. Here are a few suggestions:
- Speak positively of the dentist – Do this and talk to them about the risks associated with not visiting the dentist.
- Stay relaxed – Avoid looking tense as your child may be easily enthused and terrified as well.
- Come prepared – You may bring along your child’s toys to keep them distracted at the waiting room.
- Plan a treat – A movie or a trip to the playground before or after the appointment will make your child start associating dental appointments with treats and other nice things.
Schedule Your Child’s Visit
To help encourage your child to have healthy oral hygiene habits, schedule his or her visit to our Valencia, CA dental office today.