Our office as well as the American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child should visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts into the oral cavity or by around first birth day whichever is earlier. The purpose of this visit is to establish a positive relationship with your child and evaluate your child’s dental health. And also we will introduce you to dental hygiene practices that will aid you in properly caring for your child’s teeth. By starting dental visits at an early age you will help your child have a positive outlook towards dental care throughout his/her life.
At this first visit we will answer any questions you have and do a comprehensive examination of your child’s mouth. This will include examination of teeth and the supporting structures. Usually we clean your child’s teeth in the first visit. Application of topical fluoride will depend on child’s age and x-rays will be taken depending on the need. Nutritional counselling and oral hygiene instructions will be provided which will help you in taking care of your kid’s mouth. Treatment does not begin in the first visit unless an emergency situation exists.
Parents often wonder how to prepare their child for the dental visit. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the doctor and staff are going to count the number of teeth and also they are going to check how efficiently he/she is brushing. It is best if you refrain using words around your kid such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill”,or”hurt”. Our office makes a practise of using words that convey the message in a pleasant and non-threatening way to the child. Parents can help us by being positive and not sharing any fears or bad experiences with the dental treatment you may have had in the past.
New people , places and experiences can cause anxiety in young children. Crying can be a normal reaction for a young child in these situation. We anticipate crying in some small children and our goal is to alleviate your child’s fears. The more relaxed we (parents and dental staff) are, the sooner child can overcome his/her fear and anxiety.