If you’re bringing your child to the dentist for the first time, there are a few things you can do to make their appointment go a little bit more smoothly, and ensure they’re prepared to see the dentist and don’t feel too anxious about their visit.
First, we highly recommend that you help your child learn a little bit about dental care and the importance of going to the dentist. For example, you can check out some children’s books about dentistry from the library, or watch videos on YouTube about dental care. If they know a little bit about the process and why it matters, they will feel a lot less nervous about their appointment.
It’s also important to watch your language. Be positive about the dentist. Avoid using words like “shot” or “hurt” that may make your child feel nervous. If you act excited and positive about your child’s dental visit, they’ll be more likely to feel good about it. But if you’re anxious and nervous, your child will be able to tell, and they may start to feel the same way.
Then, a hygienist will gently clean your child’s teeth. They will be scaled to remove plaque and tartar, polished with a special toothbrush, and flossed to remove any remaining debris. Then, your pediatric dentist will examine their mouth closely to look for any signs of oral health issues.
You may also need to get x-rays for your child at their first oral exam. However, we will only take x-rays if we think they are necessary, and if you approve. We use digital x-rays that are comfortable and convenient, and make it easy to take images of your child’s teeth and jaws.
No! Your child is never too old for pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dentistry is usually provided for kids all the way through young adulthood. The exact age will vary depending on the pediatric dentist, but most children can continue seeing their pediatric dentist until the age of 18.