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