What to expect on your first Visit
As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. The ADA recommends that the first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than a child’s first birthday. Don’t wait for them to start school or until there’s an emergency. Get your child comfortable today with good mouth healthy habits.
Although the first visit is mainly for the dentist to examine your child’s mouth and to check growth and development, it’s also about your child being comfortable. To make the visit positive:
- Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
- Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions, so emphasize the positive.
- Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
- Never bribe your child.
- Talk with your child about visiting the dentist.
Refrain from using intimidating words that could cause your child unnecessary fear. Dentists and their staff are conditioned to use words that convey a positive and pleasant message. Try to avoid words and phrases that include needles, pull, pain, or drill. Ask the dentist to inform your child of the procedures and answer any questions.
During this visit, you can expect the dentist to:
- Inspect for oral injuries, cavities or other problems.
- Let you know if your child is at risk of developing tooth decay.
- Clean your child’s teeth and provide tips for daily care.
- Discuss teething, pacifier use, or finger/thumbsucking habits.
- Discuss treatment, if needed, and schedule the next check-up.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including oceans, rivers and lakes. Fluoride is also added to some community tap water, toothpastes and mouth rinses. Infants and toddlers who do not receive an adequate amount of fluoride may be at an increased risk for tooth decay since fluoride helps make tooth enamel more resistant to decay. It also helps repair weakened enamel. Bottled water may not contain fluoride; therefore, children who regularly drink bottled water or unfluoridated tap water may be missing the benefits of fluoride. If you are not sure if your tap water has fluoride, contact your local or state health department or water supplier.
At Wenatchee Valley Dental Village…
We pride ourselves on creating the best dental experience for your child. Our dental assistants enjoy working with children and have been trained to put your child at ease. Before your child sits in the dental chair your assistant will introduce herself to you and your child then ask if you have any questions or concerns.
During their time in the dental chair, your child will receive x-rays, a teeth cleaning, oral hygiene instructions, an exam and fluoride. The dentist will sit with you and your child and explain his/her findings and answer any questions that you may have. Upon leaving, your child will receive a prize and be scheduled for their next appointment.