THE BIG DAY IS HERE—your child’s first trip to seeing one of our Kelowna dentists at Okanagan Smiles. It seems like only yesterday her cheeks were pink with her first tooth’s debut, and now she’s going to the for her first check-up.
How will that first appointment go?
That depends a lot on mom and dad. If you practice good dental care at home and act relaxed at your own dentist appointments, your son will too. For his own visit, he’ll mirror your behaviour at the dental clinic, so if being there makes you nervous, it’s important to smile lots and keep calm for him.
It’s also a good idea to prepare for the visit with these handy tips.
What happens on the first dental visit?
Meet the dentist. Your Kelowna dentist will be warm and welcoming as she greets your daughter waving an over-sized toothbrush or saying something silly to get a laugh from her. Okanagan family dentists understand how to pace a child’s appointment and how to read her comfort level.
Try the tools. The dentist might let your daughter hold the mirror or try on a glove to become familiar with dental instruments. On the first visit, the dentist’s goal is to help your child have a fun and positive experience.
Pull up a lap. Your child will probably feel more at ease on your lap. While you hold your child, you and the dentist will likely be knee to knee as the dentist gets ready for a brief but important examination. Of course, this depends on whether or not your child is up for it.
Open wide. If your son seems ready, your dentist will check his gums, jaw and bite as well as his teeth for signs of decay. Then the dentist will ask your son to help count his own teeth before the dentist does it as well.
Smile. If your child is going to the dentist office for the first time and her teeth are already touching, your dentist might want to take an x-ray. This helps dentists see signs of tooth decay between teeth. If your child is still a toddler, she’ll probably be able to hold off the x-ray until she’s old enough to tie her shoes.
Take home some tips. The dentist will discuss how you can help prevent cavities by brushing and flossing regularly as well as choosing healthy foods. Your child’s overall oral health—his bite, development, and habits such as thumb-sucking—will also come up.
Pick a prize. At last. She sat nicely. She said, “Ahhh.” She agreed to brush three times a day. Now it’s her turn to pick a prize for being such a great little patient.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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