Many people think that there’s no need to bring their young child to see a dentist. After all, they’ve hardly had time to develop dental decay, and their baby teeth are going to fall out, anyway.
This approach is flawed in several ways. Dental decay can and does occur in young children, and it can cause serious issues. Additionally, pediatric dentistry is about more than merely checking for decay.
The most important aspect of pediatric dentistry is the connection that develops between dentist and patient. These early interactions can define the way that a child views trips to the dentist, both in childhood and beyond. Having positive early experiences can pave the way for a lifetime of optimal dental health.
When you bring your child in for his or her first appointment, Dr. Lee takes the time to introduce herself and get your child talking about general dental care issues. She asks about brushing and flossing habits and explains what to expect during the examination.
A brief oral examination follows, allowing Dr. Lee to check for signs of decay and to ensure that your child’s teeth and gums are developing normally. If there are any areas of concern, she creates a treatment plan.
These initial dental visits are kept brief and positive. The goal is to make your child feel comfortable at the dentist’s office and to guide them toward excellent dental hygiene habits.
There are numerous children’s books that focus on what to expect at the dentist office. You may even be able to find one that features your child’s favorite cartoon character or superhero.
Perhaps the best way to prepare your child for the big day is by scheduling your exam and cleaning appointment and bringing your child with you. Watching you go through the process can relieve any anxieties that your child has.
Kids also love having the chance to talk with the staff, who always have time for a kind word.
To schedule your child’s first appointment, use the online scheduling tool or call Foothill Dental Care today.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!