First visits to the dentist are essential for setting your child up for a lifetime of success with their oral health. Many patients who have dental fear or anxiety report that it stems from a bad experience they had at the dentist as a child.
At Thomas Family Dentistry, we hope to create pleasant and stress-free experiences for children each time they come to the dentist that will help them enjoy, and even look forward to visiting our office in the future.
At What Age Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?
We welcome children to our practice starting around the ages of three to four years old. We’ve found that at this age, most children feel comfortable sitting in the dental chair, having their teeth counted, and maybe even having their teeth cleaned by our hygienist.
We will always take the time to explain to your child exactly what we’re doing so they feel comfortable throughout their entire visit, and we never move forward with any procedure unless your little one is completely comfortable in doing so.
Protecting Your Child’s Oral Health
As your child gets older, we may recommend additional services at Thomas Family Dentistry to help protect your child’s oral health.
Fluoride treatments – These are easy to complete during a routine cleaning and checkup, and fluoride helps to build healthy teeth.
Dental sealants – These are thin layers of protective coating applied over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. Sealants fill in pits and grooves where bacteria gathers and creates cavities.
If your child participates in sports, our dentists are happy to recommend the right sports guard for their particular activity. It is vital to protect their teeth and mouth during these activities since almost 40 percent of dental emergencies are sports-related.
Leading By Example
Children take cues from their parents, so it’s important to be a role model of good oral health at home. We also encourage parents to bring their little ones to their own dental cleanings and checkups so they can begin to acclimate to our office and see that the dentist office is not a scary place.
You’ll need to help your child with brushing and flossing until around the ages of seven or eight years old. It’s a good idea to let them see you brushing and flossing your own teeth, which helps them learn proper techniques and sets a good example.
We Can’t Wait to Meet Your Child!
If it’s time to schedule your child’s first visit or next appointment, give Thomas Family Dentistry a call today.
We look forward to building a relationship with you and your child!