Your Child’s First Dental Visit

child-examMy team and I would like to share with parents our policy regarding the first dental visit in our office. Here are some suggestions that may be beneficial:

Try to make the appointment when your child is not too tired, like early in the morning or after a nap.

Before the visit, read a book about going to the dentist to your child. A suggested book for toddlers is “Freddie Visits the Dentist“, by Nicola Smee.

 

Understand that very young children may be fussy, frightened and may not sit still. This is normal. Be patient.
For children under 2 years old, the parent may need to sit in the dental chair and hold the child during the check up.

We ask that you please be supportive of our practice terminology prior to and after dental care:

Don’t Say… Please Say…
Needle or shot Sleepy juice
Drill Description
Drill on tooth Description
Pull or yank Wiggle
Decay or cavity Cavity bug
Exam Count Teeth
Tooth Cleaning Tickle Teeth
Explorer Tooth Counter
Gas Magic Air

 

Some children are more emotional with a parent present, and this can prevent a positive outcome. You are welcome to be in the exam room with your child, however you may be asked to leave if it is in the best interest of the child. If you are asked to leave please don’t take it personally. This decision is made when the presence of the parent is overtly counterproductive toward the behavior management of the child. Such an occurrence sometimes has more to do with the child than the parent (e.g. attention-getting behavior).

We are confident that all will go well with your child’s visit to our office, however there are occasions when Dr. Williams may refer to a Pediatric Specialist if the dental office is too stressful.

Call our office to make your appointment to discuss Children’s Dentistry in more detail. 972-544-2123