A child’s first visit to the dentist
is crucial in the development of a life-long routine of caring for their oral health. However, as all first impressions go, a bad first dental visit can result in the development of dental fear and avoidance of the dentist later on in life. At 1st Scottsdale Dental we are committed to leaving your child
with a long-lasting positive view of dental appointments by working with you to make this event as comfortable and rewarding as possible.
When should you first take your child to the dentist?
In dentistry prevention is an important practice for patients of all ages, and it can start even before your child has their first birthday. Pediatricians recommend bringing in your child as soon as the first tooth erupts as the tooth is susceptible to early childhood cavities. Children as young as two can develop cavities due to avoidable circumstances. In order to prevent your child’s first cavity, it’s helpful to associate the development of teeth with the development of bacteria in their mouths.
Preparing for the first visit
There are several ways to ensure the success of your child’s first dental appointment:
• Try filling out the necessary paperwork before the appointment, so less time is spent in the waiting room
• Bring your child’s favorite toy or blanket
• Remain positive during their first appointment, your child will most likely follow suit
• Sitting the child in your lap during procedures can help calm them down or ease any anxieties they may experience.
What to Expect from a First Visit
During your first visit, the dentist utilizes kid friendly language to describe each examination process. Allowing the child to participate in the process, such as counting teeth while they hold a mirror, or playing with some of the tools, can help them associate their visit as fun and exciting. The dentist will also show them how to properly brush their teeth, maybe using their stuffed animal or one that the office has available.
The Importance of First Impressions
A child’s first dental visit is crucial to their view of dentistry. A good first impression can help shape a child’s habits by allowing them to associate oral health with positivity and fun. If a child’s first dental visit doesn’t go well, the subsequent visits will be even more of a challenge. A first visit that leaves the wrong impression can make the child either afraid to visit the dentist or apathetic, not just about the visit itself but their own oral hygiene.
Call to schedule an appointment!
At our Scottsdale dental office we pride ourselves on providing a positive environment for all of our patients and laying down the foundation of a long-lasting professional relationship. If your child is experiencing his or her first tooth, or you’d like a general consultation to discuss prevention, please call today for an appointment!