Scheduling your child’s first dental appointment can be intimidating for a new parent. You want the best possible care for your child, and if this is your first time taking care of a pediatric dental appointment for your child, you might not know what to expect. Here are a few things you should be ready for during your child’s first dental appointment, so you can feel confident and prepared when you visit a dentist for kids for the first time.
- Your child might be nervous: Depending on how old your child is, they might be a bit nervous about going to the dentist. That’s totally normal, and pediatric dentists are trained to help anxious kids. However, starting them at the dentist earlier can help avoid this. Kids should start going to the dentist as soon as their first few baby teeth have grown in.
- Show up early: For your first dental appointment at a new practice, you’ll want to show up a few minutes early. This will give you time to fill out any necessary paperwork before your appointment time, as well as giving your child time to relax before their scheduled check-up. Showing up a few minutes before your appointment can help alleviate anxiety for both you and your child.
- Routine check up: For the most part, your first dental appointment is going to be a routine check up for your child, unless you’re coming in for a specific problem. It’s possible that your dentist will identify a problem at this first appointment and want to schedule follow ups; a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 19% of children aged 2 to 19 have untreated dental cavities.
- After your visit: Your pediatric dentist will talk with you to figure out next steps for your child’s dental care. Generally, this will involve future check ups, but if a specific issue has been found, this might vary.
Want to learn more about what to expect from your pediatric dentist, or maybe even schedule your child’s first dental appointment? Contact Pediatric Dental Care for more information.