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What to Expect At Your Child's First Dental Appointment?

A young girl sitting in a dental chair touching a mouth model the dentist is holding

You have finally decided to take your toddler to their first dental appointment. You know it isn't going to be anything serious, but that doesn't help curb your anxiety. However, knowing what to expect at the dentist's may help ease your mind and make the experience more comfortable for you and your child.

What Happens During a Child's First Dental Appointment?

The truth is that there is hardly anything to worry about when it comes to your child's first dental appointment. You can expect it to be more of a meet-and-greet for your child to get acquainted with their new dentist and is likely to be short and informal.

Depending on your child's age and comfort level, you will likely be asked to hang around in the waiting room as the dentist performs a basic checkup on your child. The dentist will want to make sure they are spending some quality time with them so that the child becomes more comfortable with later appointments.

However, if your little one is on an even younger side or isn't comfortable being left alone with the dentist, then you will be asked to hold them in place while the dentist pokes around their mouth.

What Does the Dentist Check For During the First Appointment?

During this checkup, the dentist will look at their teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. They'll check for any abnormalities, decay, or issues with the gums. If there is a stain or high risk of cavities, the dentist will likely clean the teeth and apply fluoride preparation. However, if the risk isn't too high, this will likely be left for the next visit.

Additionally, the dentist will also recommend ways to help your child maintain good oral habits. If you have any questions about their oral health, then make sure to write them down somewhere in advance and bring them to the appointment, so you don't forget anything.

Remember that regular dental visits are crucial to maintain good oral health. So start this important habit as early as possible.

Posted on Dec 14, 2020
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