The arrival of your child’s baby teeth is important. Not only is it the beginning of a new stage of development for your child, but they also allow children to sample a variety of new foods for the first time. At this point, you should really begin to consider scheduling their first visit to a dentist. Many parents of infants may not yet be concerned with dental care because they do not have many teeth.
However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist prior to their first birthday. While these first dental visits may be mostly informative in nature, taking children to the dentist early helps acclimate them to dental care and helps to establish a proper oral care routine for their child that can last a lifetime.
Finding a Family Dentist
To find a family dentist in your area, check with your pediatrician or insurance company about providers in your area. Or you might ask family members or friends about their experiences with area providers. They may be able to give you a referral. Narrow your search down based on your preferred location and which practices offer hours that best fit your schedule. Visit several family dental practices before selecting the one where your entire family feels most comfortable. Many dental offices now have websites that include FAQs which can answer your questions.
Prepare in Advance
In order to have the most positive experience possible, your child should be well rested and not hungry when it’s time for the appointment. It may benefit you to write down a list of questions you want to ask ahead of time to ask so you don’t forget while helping your child through the visit.
You will want to verify that your chosen dental practice accepts your dental insurance provider and find out what information and copays you will be expected to provide on the day of your child’s first appointment. Most dental offices will ask for proof of dental and medical insurance at the time of service so do not forget your insurance cards. Finally, you should always bring a list of your child’s current medications (if any), and any information you might need to complete a health history form.
For older children, you may want to review what will happen during the first visit prior to arriving with to help them avoid excessive nervousness at the time of the exam. If your child still experiences some anxiety over the appointment, try to ease his or her worries by reading books about dentists or by watching videos about children’s trips to the dentist to help them imagine what the visit will be like before they go.
What to Expect during Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
During the first visit, the dentist will normally teach parents tips on taking care of their childrens’ teeth and gums. Pacifier use and how proper nutrition helps to develop healthy teeth may also be a topic of discussion. Brushing techniques may also be demonstrated for parents so that they are able to teach their young children proper oral care. At the end of the appointment, the dentist should also offer you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
By establishing a good working relationship with your family dentist, parents can ensure that their child receives proper dental care from an early age. Scheduling routine dental examinations from an early age helps children to be more relaxed with dental care and will help build a lifetime of healthy habits.
Family Dental Care in Bradenton, FL
Whether your child needs their first dental appointment or you’re looking for a new dentist for the entire family, Dr. Nish Patel of Manatee Advanced Dentistry in Bradenton wants to help you. Call our office at 941.209.4315 or schedule an appointment online today!