We all know going to the dentist regularly is important! But, as a parent with younger children, you may find that you have questions, or concerns about bringing your child in for their first dentist appointment. Our Grapevine TX dentist office is very child friendly and our staff is here to help make your child’s first visit to our office a positive experience.
During the first visit, we will go through the following checklist, explaining each step to you and your child as we go:
-Review your child’s medical and dental history.
-Gently examine your child’s teeth and gums to check growth and development, oral hygiene, injuries, cavities or other problems.
-Clean the teeth if necessary and provide suggestions about daily care.
-Evaluate and advise you about your child’s fluoride exposure because too much or too little can lead to problems.
-Talk about feeding practices and give dietary counseling.
-Assess your child’s risk of developing tooth decay.
-Give information regarding oral development, teething, pacifier or finger/thumb sucking habits and injury prevention.
-Plan for any needed treatment or the next check-up.
The tips below help make a great first dental visit:
-Schedule a morning appointment if possible. Children tend to be more rested and cooperative in the mornings.
-If you get nervous about visiting the dentist, try not to pass on these worries to your child.
-Do not bribe your child or use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
-Try to make your child’s dental visit a fun outing.
Starting visits at an early age helps your child build good dental habits from the beginning. Plus, preventive dental care can save time, money and teeth. We are looking forward to getting to know you and your child at their first dental visit. Smiles by Martin is a family dentist providing quality dental care to patients in Grapevine. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin today, call 817-481-1041.