Visiting the dentist is not usually an exciting outing for a child, and if it is their first visit, then it is usually accompanied by a large amount of nervousness. The thought of a dentist can be scary; due to the fact that going to the dentist is almost always discussed in the same sentence as the words shot and drill. However, this is rarely the case, especially when it comes to a child’s first visit to the dentist. It is recommended that your child visit the dentist by the time they turn one, or within six months after their first tooth has grown in. A child’s first visit is usually pretty short and involves little to no treatment. The first visit to the dentist for your child is a great opportunity for them to meet the dentist in a friendly way and begin to feel comfortable at the dentist office.
Parent Involvement at the Dentist
There are some dentists that allow parents to sit in the dental examining chair with their child, this will help the child feel more comfortable and not as scared in the beginning. Other dentists will ask that the parent wait in the reception area so the child and dentist can begin to build a positive relationship. Having the dentist become a friend to your child is a great way to establish healthy dental habits, as your child will not be afraid and even look forward to going to the dentist.
Initial Dental Check Up
It is common for your dentist to check all of your child’s existing teeth during their first visit. They will search for any sign of decay, examine the bite of your child and look for any potential problems with your child’s jaw, gums and other oral issues. The first visit may also include a thorough cleaning of your child’s teeth. This is a great time for the dentist to educate the parent on proper oral health care for children and teach them the proper way to care for their children’s teeth.
Dental Medical Forms
Your first visit will also include a medical form that you will fill out for your dentist. This will include medical information regarding your child so the office can have that important information on hand. Visiting the dentist for the first time does not have to be a scary experience for your child. Be excited for them when you are discussing their first visit and give them confidence by showing them that you are proud of them for going to the dentist. Smile Reef treats every patient with care and kindness, making each visit, especially the first, a positive experience that will leave your child feeling comfortable and confident when they return. Contact Smile Reef today and schedule your child’s first visit to the dentist.