Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We encourage children at any age to stop by and visit our office for a tour! Many patients with dental phobias did not establish a positive relationship with a dentist as children, and many never sought treatment for oral health problems until they became painful and required extensive treatment. At Lawson Family Dentistry, we work hard to establish a good relationship and build trust with your children so that they will never be afraid to sit in the dental chair. Dr. Lawson and our friendly, compassionate staff will do everything in their power to help your children feel comfortable and confident during every visit.
First Dental Exam for Kids
We recommend you to book your child’s first dental exam at 6 months, or the eruption of their first tooth (whichever comes first). Dr. Lawson will first examine your child’s teeth and gums, looking for any signs of eruption problems, decay, or infection. She will then look at your child’s bite and jaw position to determine if there are any developmental issues. Dr. Lawson will also show you the proper way to brush your toddler’s teeth, as well as well as discuss good oral habits and diet to promote healthy teeth. The purpose of this first exam is to set you and your child on the right path for dental health! Finally, our hygienist will gently clean your child’s teeth. If appropriate, Dr. Lawson may provide fluoride treatment to offer more protection against tooth decay.
Your Child’s Comfort is Our Priority
Aside from the gentle, nurturing manner of our professional staff, we also offer amenities to both relax and distract your child during a dental exam and cleaning. We have iPods and children’s movies in our exam rooms, and if your child must undergo a restorative procedure, such as a filling placement, we offer nitrous oxide to help them remain relaxed while in the dentist’s chair.
What Not to Say Before Your Child’s Visit
Parents have a major impact on how their children view a visit to the dentist. Therefore, it’s very important that you watch what you say to prevent your child from developing a negative view of the dentist before they even set foot in the office. We recommend keeping it simple and not over explaining the visit. Avoid talking about shots or frequently reminding your child that the visit won’t hurt. Mentioning words like shots, hurt, and pain, even when trying to boost your child’s confidence, can make them more nervous. By watching your words, you can help ensure your child enjoys a fun and relaxing visit to the dentist.
Discussing Your Child’s Oral Habits
A vital part of the dental exam is educating you and your child about proper oral health habits. Dr. Lawson may discuss the following:
- Proper brushing techniques
- Habits such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking
- Teething, tooth loss, and other milestones
- Good nutrition, including foods and drinks to avoid
- Taking away your child’s pacifier, bottle, or sippy cup
Is it time for your child’s first dental visit? Call our dental office in Urbandale, IA, today at 515-278-4366.