Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Dr. Sara Cain is committed to improving the oral health of children through pediatric dentistry. At Lake Country Dental, we recognize that your child’s first dental visit can play an important role in helping to foster positive oral health routines that will last a lifetime. That is why we take extra care to help create an enjoyable first trip to the dentist’s chair for every child we treat. Our compassionate staff has extensive experience working with children, so we can help ensure that your son or daughter’s first dental visit to our Ft. Worth, TX, office is as comfortable as possible. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s first appointment.
Preparing for the Appointment
Visiting the dentist for the first time is a new experience for children, so it can often be overwhelming if they are unprepared. Before arriving at the office, we advise parents to first explain what a dentist is and why pediatric dental care is important. It may also be helpful to review pictures of a typical dentist’s office, or show your child how to use a toothbrush. In general, you can help your child feel more confident about their first visit by demonstrating a positive attitude toward dental care, regardless of your past experiences.
On the day of the appointment, you should ensure that your child is well rested, since dental visits during normal nap time or at the end of a long day can make the experience more difficult. To help alleviate any concerns you or your child might have, we recommend that you prepare a list of questions so the dentist can answer them completely.
What to Expect During the Appointment
During the first visit, our biggest goals are to help children understand basic dentistry and prepare them for future appointments. When you and your child arrive at the office, the doctor will begin by conducting a basic dental exam. If your child feels comfortable after the exam, we will then perform simple procedures like a gentle cleaning, dental x-rays, or a fluoride treatment to help fight cavities. The dentist will also give your child his or her own toothbrush and demonstrate proper brushing techniques.
You should remain present throughout the procedure to help keep your child at ease. If you or your child have any additional questions, the doctor will be happy to answer them. You should also tell Dr. Cain if your child has any unique eating habits or behaviors (such as thumb sucking) that might impact his or her oral heath. After the first visit, we advise parents to begin scheduling regular dental exams for their children every six months.
Schedule Your Child’s First Visit
To help create a good foundation of oral hygiene, our doctors recommend pediatric patients complete their first dental visit by the time they turn one, or within six months after their first tooth emerges. To learn more about pediatric dentistry, or to schedule your child’s first dental visit, contact Lake Country Dental today.