Your Child’s First Pediatric Dental Visit
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is very important. It gives us a chance to establish trust and familiarity in the dental office. Before your child’s first pediatric dental visit with us, it is best to prepare them for what they should expect at the dentist. This includes practicing opening and closing the mouth at home and counting with them. Encourage them that the doctor will count their teeth, brush (tickle) their teeth, and maybe even take pictures!
The initial visit not only consists of teeth cleaning, but it heavily involves many other aspects including, but not limited to, oral hygiene instruction, mouth habits, and diet and nutrition.
When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Visit?
“First visit by first birthday”. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends a child visit a dentist by age one. This is typically within six months of when a child’s first tooth has erupted. This visit will establish a dental home for your child and, in case of any emergency arises, your child can be seen sooner.
What Should I Expect at My Child’s First Visit?
Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Quynh Bui, understands that your child’s first dental appointment may be stressful for both you and your child. Dr. Bui intends for each child’s first visit to the dentist to be both fun and educational. This visit helps establish a “dental home” for your child and makes them comfortable with both her as a provider and being in a dental setting in general. We obtain a full medical and dental history for each child, in order to provide the best care assessment.
The child’s teeth are counted, and the mouth is clinically examined for any decay or issues with oral development. Any dental instruments are introduced to the child in a playful, calm manner. A toothbrush is chosen, and brushing is practiced to better acclimate both the parent/guardian and child. It’s not uncommon for a child to smile and even giggle during a first visit! As a pediatric dentist and mother, herself, Dr. Bui is highly experienced with children, but a smiling and calm parent or guardian can help keep the child at ease.
Should I Remain with My Child During our Visit?
We welcome you to stay with your child for their initial visit and exam. For subsequent appointments, we recommend that you allow your child to join the doctor and staff in the room for their dental visit. Generally, Dr. Bui is able to build a better rapport with a child when the parent is not in the room. If you desire, however, you may continue to remain with your child in the treatment room.with a child when the parent is not in the room. If you desire, however, you may continue to remain with your child in the treatment room.