Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist – What to Expect

It can be a little scary to think about bringing your child to the dentist for the first time. But if you know what to expect, and you know what you need to do to prepare, that first visit will go a lot more smoothly. Here are a few tips to make the experience easier for both you and your child.

What Will Happen?

Most experts recommend that children visit the dentist either by the time they turn 1 or six months after their first tooth arrives.

The first visit will very likely be a quick one, requiring very little in the way of treatment. It is basically a chance for your child to meet the dentist for the first time and get used to being in a dental office. You may be asked to hold your child during a brief examination.

The exam usually entails checking a child’s bite, looking for any jaw or gum problems, and looking at teeth for any signs of decay. If needed, the dentist will clean the teeth. You’ll probably get some tips on oral care for children, learn how a child’s mouth develops, and learn about proper nutrition.

How to Prepare

One of the most important things you can do is to discuss any concerns you may have with your dentist before the first exam. It’s also important, however, to explain to the child (if he or she is old enough to understand, of course) why it’s very important to go to the dentist.

Caribbean Dental provides a calm, comfortable atmosphere for both children and adults. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your child is as happy as possible throughout his or her visit. If you would like more information or schedule an appointment, please call (915) 308-1089 or contact us online.