Your child’s first dentist visit can be both exciting and nerve-racking. As a parent, it may be hard to see your child take one of the first big steps of their life. However, trips to the dental pediatrician are something that needs to be done. It’s very important to stay up-to-date and consistent with your child’s dental health and hygiene.
Around 4 months of age, your baby’s teeth may start to be visible, so it’s a good idea to start thinking about good dental care as soon as those first teeth start to appear. Dentists recommend that you take your child to their first appointment when they turn 1, or when their first tooth pops up, whichever comes first. Of course, like so many other things, the first appointment can seem a bit intimidating to new parents. Even if you’ve previously had kids go through their first dentist visit before, there may still be some uncertainty regarding what to expect.
The first visit to the dentist office will most likely be short and sweet. If you’re expecting there to be any dental work done during this visit, there’s a good chance you won’t have to worry. The dentist will use this opportunity to get to know you and your child. They will tell you about their history and experience in the dentistry world. This will be your chance to tell the dentist everything they need to know about your child.
The dentist will likely then poke around in your child’s mouth to see what they have to work with. They may ask you to hold your little one, or if the child is a bit older than 1, you may be asked to sit in the waiting room so the child can get to know the doctor on a more personal level.
After taking a look at the teeth, the dentist might do some light dental work on your child that day. This may include a quick cleaning or the application of fluoride. At the end of the visit, you will be allowed to ask questions. You may ask about future appointments or what the plan will be for your child’s dental health. This may include any questions you may have about future dental care such as braces or cavities.
Fortunately, you probably won’t have to worry about pediatric orthodontics just yet. As your child grows up, your family dentist may have some ideas on what to do regarding pediatric orthodontics. This may include which pediatric orthodontics office to go to, when to start thinking about braces, and how much the visits to the orthodontics office may cost.
It’s understandable that your child’s first visit to the dentist office may be a bit taxing. However, it’s important to remember that it’s something that needs to be done, and as long as you go prepared with the right questions, the visit will go smoothly.