Preparing for Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Blonde toddler boy sitting in the dental chair with his teddy bear for is first dental visit.

Sometimes going to the dentist can scare children. Even adults get a little nervous before an appointment. Preparing for your child’s first dental visit will help teach them that going to the dentist can be fun, and that a healthy smile is rewarding.

How Should You Prepare Your Child for Their First Visit?

It’s important to talk positively about the dentist. Try to avoid talking about bad experiences. Instead, talk about the importance of oral health and what the dentist will check during their first visit. There are also lots of children’s books available at the library about going to the dentist that can help kids know what to expect.

Kid-Friendly Office

Dr. Brigman and Dr. Bejar at Helotes Family Dentistry are great with kids. Our office is also designed to help your child feel excited about going to the dentist. We’ve got Netflix on overhead TV’s, modern movie glasses, games in the waiting room, and complimentary snacks. Your child can look forward to getting a special prize at the end of their visit too!

Appointment Timing

It would help if you also considered the timing of your appointment. Choose a time that your child usually is not tired or hungry. This may help them be more cooperative during their check-up.

When Should Your Child Have Their First Visit?

Your child should have their first dental check-up when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. This way, we can monitor their oral development and keep their mouth healthy. Even if those milestones have passed, the sooner you bring your child in for their first check-up, the better.

What Will Happen During Their First Visit?

Our first step is to make your child feel comfortable. We want them to get to know our office and team so that they feel safe. The first visit involves checking on the teeth they have at that point. We may take X-rays to ensure the teeth are coming in correctly. We’ll also answer any questions you may have. We’re here to help you keep your child’s smile healthy.

How Often Should Your Child Visit Helotes Family Dentistry?

Just like adults, we recommend children visit a dentist biannually for an exam and deep cleaning. A check-up every six months will ensure that your child’s teeth are developing correctly, and we can detect any issues early on. Our gentle and friendly team look forward to showing your child the importance of maintaining a healthy smile. Please contact us to schedule your child’s dental visit.

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