We’ve all seen those television shows that depict the dentist as this scary entity who is only waiting to steal our teeth and make necklaces and bracelets out of them. The roughest part is when our children see these depictions too. A pediatric dentist can be one of the scariest things for your child to go to. Going to the dentist is an event that not a single person of any age really looks forward to. The anxiety that comes along with a dentist leads many people to find a sedation dentist that will put them out while any cleaning or dental work is being done. However, not many children should have the need for sedation dentistry, they haven’t yet experienced what a dentist can be like so their worries are only butterflies. A pediatric dentist should be able to reduce these worries. So what is to be expected from your child’s first childrens dentistry appointment?
The very first visit to a pediatric dentist should be before the age of one, or within six months of your child getting their first teeth. It is important to be sure that the little teeth are going to grow correctly, and sometimes they can even give great advice on how to ease the pain of teething.
Now, what happens when your little one is a little bit older? Well selecting a pediatric dentist should make this first visit a walk in the park since these are the dentists that have the most background and enjoy treating children. Treating a child is not for everyone, so these dentists have been the ones who have decided that children’s teeth are for them.
First, the first visit will be rather short. Your new dentist will want to meet your child, to get to know them and to show your young offspring that they are not as threating as your child may be afraid of. Then, these careful and well meaning dentists will ask your child to take a set in the dental chair for a short exam. The exam will consist of checking all of your child’s teeth and being sure there is not any decay or harmful bacteria creeping up in their small mouths. They will check to make sure that there are not any existing problems and that no problems will arise in the foreseeable future. The pediatric dentist will show your child how to clean their teeth properly, including flossing and mouth wash as well. Then, the dentist will tell you all of his findings. Doing all of this while taking some of the fright away from your young one.
A children’s dentist may seem like a scary thing for a small child and there might be fear and anxiety prior going to their dental appointment but with a good pediatric dentist all of these fears will be washed away. Who knows, your child might even enjoy the reassurance that the dentist gives and won’t give you a hard time about any of their returning visits. It all depends on the doctor that is chosen and how not so scary they make the impending visit for your kids. The dentist doesn’t have to be the nightmare we see depicted on television screens or in movies. These trips are only here to better your son or daughter’s mouth and to be sure that his or her pearly whites are clean and sparkling for many years to come.
Remind them to always say cheese and show off the hard work that they and the pediatric dentist put in together for every picture day!