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16Jan2014

What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dental Visit

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE BABY TEETH ARE NOT IMPORTANT because they’re temporary. Not only is that incorrect, it can be dangerous. The health of baby teeth can affect permanent teeth, not to mention speech and jaw development.

To better ensure good oral health, you and your child should come in and visit with us.

When Should A Child First Visit The Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says “first visit by first birthday.” Some experts recommend visiting the dentist within 6 months of the arrival of your child’s first tooth. If you have questions or concerns before either of these times, don’t hesitate to call.

What To Expect At The First Visit

  • At your child’s first dental visit, you and your child will be welcomed by our warm, friendly staff. One of our bubbly hygienists will introduce themselves to you and your child before escorting you to the hygiene bay area.
  • If your child is comfortable with it, the hygienist will clean their teeth, followed by an examination of the teeth by Dr. Moffett. At Madison Pediatric Dentistry, we know that every child is unique and ready for different things at different times.
  • If your child is not comfortable with having their teeth cleaned on the first visit, we may just perform the exam with Dr. Moffett that day. We want to do everything possible to make the first visit a fun, positive, and informative one.

Ways To Make Your Child Feel Safe And Comfortable

Sometimes, a first time dental visit can be challenging for a little one. You can help us ensure your child’s visit is comfortable by following some tips:

  • Consider playing “open your mouth like and alligator so I can count your teeth” with your child at home. This may help remove fear.
  • Stay with your child throughout the visit. We welcome your presence for such an important milestone.
  • Some parents bring a favorite stuffed animal or doll that we can pretend to examine to show the child it won’t hurt or be scary.
  • If you’d like, you can bring your child by our office for an informal visit. They can see the play area and tour the area where the dental exam will occur. Our office was designed to make children feel comfortable with kid-friendly pictures and colors, and even a Treasure Tower where they get a prize after their visit.

We’re Here To Help

We’re here to help you help your child. If you have any questions please send them our way. You can call us or reach out to us on Facebook. We’re excited to join forces to make sure your child has excellent oral health.

We appreciate your trust in our practice!

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