First Visit to Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry
What to Expect and Tips for You and Your Child
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advocates the first “regular” dental visit to be just after your child’s first birthday or 6 months after the first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. After conducting a Risk Assessment, we will gently examine your child’s mouth.
What Happens During a Pediatric Dental Exam
Depending on your child’s age and behavior, a lap-to-lap examination may be necessary.
X-rays may be taken, to reveal tooth decay and to check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s oral cavity according to his/her susceptible risk factors.
Tips for a First Appointment
Parents, please be mindful of what you tell your children about dental visits. Fears passed down from parents or other adults may contribute to why some children are afraid to go to the dentist.
Some tips that can help to make your child’s 1st dental visit a pleasant experience:
- Try to make your child’s first dental visit without any major treatment or appointment.
- Explain the procedure to your child using comfortable words.
- Get your child to talk about how he/she feels and what they expect from the dental visit
- Read child-friendly books on visiting the dentist (e.g., Dora’s first visit to the dentist)
Visual Aids for a First Pediatric Dental Visit
Please view the video below to familiarize yourself with your young child’s first dental experience and exam.
Oral Health Promotion Videos
Please visit this site for more FUN videos on motivating children to maintain good oral health.