Make your childs first dental visit a great one

Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit a Great One!

Children can be nervous, understandably, about their first trip to the dentist, but it’s very important that they make that visit by the time they turn one or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Fortunately, there are things both parents and the dental office can do to make sure that that first visit is a success.

The Importance of a First Dental Visit

A child’s first visit to the dentist plays an especially important role in children’s oral health because not only do they get their teeth evaluated, but it sets the tone for future dental visits – if it goes well, they learn that the dentist isn’t so bad, but if it goes badly, they might be reluctant to return. This can have a negative impact on their oral health as they grow because, if they fail to visit the dentist at least the recommended number of twice a year, they could be putting themselves at risk for dental issues such as gum disease and cavities. Your dentist has to evaluate your teeth regularly to make sure that everything is healthy and perform a dental cleaning to prevent the buildup of plaque to allow bacteria to attack the teeth and gums.

How We Help

At Northwest Austin Family Dentistry, we aim to create a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment where children can feel comfortable.

  • We make the special modifications that young children need to feel safe and confident at the dentist’s office.
  • We give explanations about things such as our office, tools, and methods in a way that children can understand so that they feel comfortable in their surroundings.
  • Our team is incredibly friendly, putting children at ease.

How You Can Help

There are a few things that you can do to prepare them for that first visit, too.

  • Get them excited about the visit by talking about the experience as the appointment approaches.
  • If possible, bring only your child, leaving their siblings at home so that they aren’t distracted or influenced by how others react to the dentist. It can also be helpful if both parents come so that one parent can communicate with the dentist while the other pays attention to the child’s feelings and needs.
  • Put your child in good spirits before coming to the office – make sure they’ve had a snack and possibly a nap.
  • It may be helpful for you to prepare a list of questions for yourself so that you don’t get distracted and forget to talk about things that might be concerning you.
  • Read books about the dentist and share your positive experiences.
  • Following the visit, reward your child for a successful visit with things such as a special treat or fun afternoon at the park.
  • Let them have input in choosing their toothbrush and other oral hygiene products