For children, the first visit to a dentist can be a scary experience. There are a lot of odd sounds, strange tools and new experiences – some of which can be very upsetting for a child. At Hudsonville Dental Kids, we are dedicated to making your child feel comfortable through every step so that “going to the dentist” is a positive experience.
Before your first visit, however, there are several things you can do to prepare:
- Talk to your child about what to expect at the dentist, so there are no surprises
- Build excitement about the appointment to help reduce any anxiety your child may feel
- Practice brushing so that your child gets used to a toothbrush being in his/her mouth
What To Expect:
The first appointment serves as a meet and greet between Dr. Stephanie and your child as well as a way to help get your child accustomed to our office. Topical fluoride is often applied at this visit. This visit will often include dietary and hygiene recommendations as well. Additional services may include: x-rays, assessment of your child’s need for fluoride, a thorough examination, gentle cleaning, teeth polishing and demonstration of proper cleaning. And yes, of course there are prizes for our patients!
Where Will You Be:
It is your choice whether you want to be in the examination room with your child or wait in the waiting room. For younger children, Dr. Stephanie encourages parents to allow their child to stay in their lap to help comfort the child during their first few visits. We will perform a “knee-to-knee” exam where the teeth and gums are examined to evaluate a child’s growth and development. Older children will be encouraged to sit in the dental chair.
Things to Know:
For the first visit, please bring a completed New Patient Form (download here) as well as your child’s full medical history. Be sure to let our staff know if your child has any medical conditions or is taking any medications. Let Dr. Stephanie know if your child sucks his/her thumb, pacifier, etc.