The team at Driftwood Dental understands your family is important to you and we work hard to ensure that your child’s first visit to the dentist is a happy one! Our pediatric dentist Dr. Alex Chen is also here for your little ones should they require a specialist appointment.
Your Child's First Visit
Positive dental experiences begin in childhood. Your child’s first dental visit is an exciting time in their development and we strive to make it a fun experience.
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child's third birthday and it’s usually short and involves very little treatment.
We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination or you may be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and the dentist.
Many parents worry about how their child will react the first time they visit the dentist.
Here are a few tips on how you can prepare your child, and set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
What to Expect
The first appointment is all about making your child feel more comfortable.
Our dentists will perform a comprehensive dental examination followed by a conversation about nutrition and good oral hygiene habits.
Usually, a professional dental cleaning, fluoride therapy and any necessary x-rays can also be completed during this visit; however, this can wait if your child isn’t quite ready.
Preparing Your Child
What should you tell your child prior to their appointment? We’re asked this question often, and we suggest preparing children the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store.
First Visit Tips
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office
- Read books with them about going to the dentist
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences
Services for Children:
- Preventive education
- Dental hygiene and cavities control
- Mouthguards & bite guards
- Dental sealants
- Sedation services (for complex cases, severe anxiety, or special needs)