First, you need to decide if you want to use a pediatric dentist or a family dentist. Pediatric dentists provide specialized dental and oral care for children. They have years of additional training to make them child-friendly and specially equipped for caring for children. Furthermore, their offices are generally centered around children and offer a more comfortable experience.
To prepare for the visit, schedule an exam at a time when your child will be most comfortable. Avoid scheduling appointments too close to nap time. Talk to your child about the exam and what to expect from it. Be positive and avoid words like shot, hurt, and pain. Remind your child that you also visit the dentist.
To make your child feel more comfortable with the dentist, you can read books or watch videos about trips to the dentist. If possible, let your child accompany you to a dentist visit to see what it’s like. Encourage your child to voice their concerns and fears about the dentist. This will help you to calm their fears and explain what will happen.
At the first visit, the dentist will clean and evaluate your child’s teeth. Then, he will discuss drinking and eating habits, fluoride supplements or treatment, the impacts of pacifier use and thumb sucking. Finally, he will demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for at home care and answer any questions you may have.
After that, your child will need regular oral health exams. The dentist will continue to evaluate your child’s oral hygiene, habits, and risk of tooth decay. Your child will receive a cleaning during each visit and if necessary, the dentist may:
For older children, the dentist will discuss the possibility of removing your child’s wisdom teeth, as well as the oral health risks associated with:
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your child. After the exam, the dentist can discuss your child’s oral health and risk of tooth decay. In addition, we will address all your concerns and offer information on preventive measures that can be taken to improve and protect your child’s teeth.