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WHEN TO TAKE YOUR CHILD TO YOUR CHILDREN’S DENTIST IN OAK HILL

Posted by Jack Fan Dec 05, 2017

Many people aren’t sure when to take their child to their first dental exam. They also aren’t sure how to prepare them for the experience. The boring waiting room. The tall adults in dental masks. Don’t worry, their first visit will mainly be an introduction to the dentist office and not an intrusive experience.

Many dentists’ highest priority is making sure their patients are comfortable during their visit. Without establishing this bond of trust early, it can make future visits far more difficult. Here’s what you should expect at your first visit to your children’s dentist in Oak Hill.

THE FIRST VISIT IS MEANT TO ACCLIMATE YOUR CHILD

Typically, dentists expect parents to bring their children in either by the age of 1 or within 6 months after their first tooth has erupted. Dentists advise parents to bring them earlier rather than later to ensure their teeth are developing properly and catch symptoms early.

Be aware, the first visit will not include any work that would scare your child. Before bringing them to the office, assure them that you are only introducing them to a new friend who’s wants to help keep their teeth healthy for years to come. This first impression is very important to dentists and they are aware of the importance a comforting atmosphere holds.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE DENTIST

The first evaluation of your child’s mouth will be a short one. After all, your child only has one tooth so far. Along with existing teeth, your dentist will likely check their bite, gently open their mouth to check for tooth decay, and observe their gums, jaw, and oral tissues. This is done with your child sitting on your lap to make them feel extra comfortable.

The visit is usually short because it’s meant to be an introduction to the dentist for your child and discussion between you and the dentist. This may include good oral hygiene practices for your child, fluoride needs, developmental milestones, teething, and other questions you may have for your dentist.

MAKING FUTURE VISITS MORE COMFORTABLE

As bringing your child to the dentist becomes routine, you may need to reestablish the dentist’s relationship to them like you would a regular brushing regiment. Below are a few tips to make future visits more comfortable:

  • Be Honest and Patient – Fear of dental visits is a common phobia with the potential to last for several years, so keep this is mind if your child refuses to see the dentist or go to the office. Like the doctor’s office, it’s a scary but essential part of their continued health.
  • Explain the Role Dentists Play – Establishing the role dentists play early is key to making your child see them as the good guys.
  • Get Them Excited! – Many dental practices offer a kid section to play in. Emphasize this before the visit to get their mind off the exam itself.
  • Always Be There for Them – You never want to leave your child alone at a young age. Even after they’ve been to the dentist several times, it’s still a very unfamiliar environment, so stay present to comfort them when needed during the exam.

Learn how your dentist in Oak Hill is continually making visits better for your children. Schedule an appointment for your them today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Jack Fan attended the University of California at San Diego before earning his Doctorate at New York University College of Dentistry. He’s also completed his General Practice Residency at the LIJ Medical center in Queens. To learn more about him and his practice, you can contact him at (512) 361-4288 or visit his website.

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