Dental care is an important part of your child’s overall health care.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday in order to prevent dental problems.
Most parents know the importance of dental care but often wonder what to expect when taking their child to the dentist for the first time.
Some common questions parents may have about a child’s dental visit are:
- Will my child cooperate?
- What procedures will be performed during the visit?
The good news is that most dental visits turn out better than parents expect.
By choosing a pediatric dentist, it means your child will be seen by trained providers who know how to care for the specific needs of children and are focused on making the experience a positive one.
Once your child is seated in the exam chair, the dentist or hygienist will introduce himself/herself and will ask your child questions about his/her interests. By engaging your child in conversation, the dentist or hygienist is able to make him/her feel comfortable and, therefore, more likely to cooperate with treatment.
During the visit, the following procedures may be performed on your child:
- Dental cleaning
- X-rays, if needed
Plus, the pediatric dentist will provide you with information on how to properly care for your child’s teeth. Most importantly, the dentist will establish a connection with your child to ensure the next dental visit in six months is a pleasure.
One of the most important things parents can do to help their child have a lifetime of healthy smiles is to keep all routine dental visits.
Research has shown that although tooth decay is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. It can also impact your child’s overall health and ability to perform in school.
Is your child due for a dental visit? Contact us today for an appointment.