A child’s first visit to the dentist is very important for several reasons. In many instances, its their first experience with dentistry and we want to make it a pleasant one! It’s also the first chance the dentist will have to evaluate your child’s teeth and mouth. We would prefer the first visit to be a routine cleaning and checkup, however if there is an emergency, we will of course take care of it first.
During a routine exam, the dentist will examine your child’s mouth, check the growth and development of the child’s head, and check teeth and gums. The dental hygienists will perform a thorough cleaning and apply topical fluoride treatment, and x-rays will be taken if necessary. The dentist and hygienists will also evaluate any tongue, lip, cheek, or thumb habits that may influence the development and growth of the child’s teeth. After the exam has been completed, the dentist will discuss his findings and recommendations with you. We hope to make this first visit go smoothly to overcome any of the fears the child may have acquired. To alleviate any anxiousness, some things you can tell your child about what we do are count their teeth and take pictures and use sleepy water (anesthetic).
Often parents don’t realize that baby teeth are important too, even though they will fall out. But they need the same care as permanent teeth for chewing, good speech, appearance, and to save space for the permanent teeth to come through.