What Happens At The First Visit?
At your first visit, our pediatric dentist will answer any questions you may have and do a comprehensive examination of your child’s mouth. This will include evaluating your child’s teeth, their supporting structures, and your child’s bite (occlusion).
Also, we will clean your child’s teeth by applying a topical fluoride and will take X-rays (tooth pictures). P.S. we use the safest digital x-ray technology that reduces radiation exposure by as much as 90% over conventional x-rays!
Your aim as a parent and ours as your child’s dental provider are the same: to keep your child’s smile in great health and to make the whole process “painless” for child, parent, and dentist! We understand that the first visit is scary and we encourage you to to ask questions and view our facility, in person or online!
At What Age Will My Child’s First Teeth Erupt?
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth and their first primary (baby) tooth usually erupts around the age 6 to 10 months (but can grow in as early as 4 months!). The first teeth to erupt are the lower central incisors. Your child’s permanent (adult) teeth may begin erupting around age 6.
At What Age Will My Child Lose Their First Tooth?
Children usually lose their first tooth and grow their first permanent tooth around 6 or 7 years old. But, sometimes a child may lose a baby tooth prematurely because of past dental trauma.
At What Age Should I Bring My Child To The Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing a child to the dentist when their first tooth erupts or by the time they reach the age of 1. By doing so, this is a great opportunity to learn and discuss your child’s teeth, diet and nutrition, teething, growth and development, and any digit or pacifier habits!
At Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry®, our goal is to make your child’s first visit as comfortable as it could be! If you’d like, we welcome all parents and their children to tour our office before your child’s first appointment. We’ll introduce our team to help you and your child build trust in our team and make your child’s first appointment run as smoothly as possible.
How Do I Prepare My Child For The First Visit?
Prior to your child’s first visit, it’s best to refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “shot,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” As pediatric dentists and specialists, we make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
The first visit to the dentist may be the most important in your child’s life. Please help us reinforce our role as a “tooth doctor” who works to keep teeth healthy and happy! Make sure you are relaxed and at ease with your child, because they will sense and mirror any anxiety. Inform your child that we will “count” and “take pictures” of his/her teeth and then talk to him/her afterwards about it.
Can I Go Back To The Operatory With My Child?
Absolutely! We encourage you to be actively involved in your children’s treatment because parents are an important factor in providing good dental health for children.
What If My Child Cries?
Though we hope that every appointment runs smoothly, crying is a normal reaction to almost any kind of anxiety in a young child. Please do not let your child’s tears upset you as it is very common and we anticipate crying in some small children. Establishing a good relationship with the dentist and healthy dental care for toddlers and pre-schoolers is essential to maintaining healthy teeth later on.
The more relaxed we (parents and dental staff) are at that time, the sooner the child will overcome his/her anxiety. It will go away with time and no harm is done! For more tips and information about dental care for kids, check out the Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry pediatric dentistry guide for parents in McKinney.