Your child’s first visit to the dentist is incredibly important, as it establishes a foundation for their feelings toward dental care that can last for years. During this initial visit. Dr. Allan Pang and our team will work to help you child feel comfortable and safe, and check to see if their teeth and mouth are growing and developing correctly. We invite you to contact AZ Dental at 408-437-1111 to schedule your child’s appointment with our friendly pediatric dentist in San Jose, California.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that children begin visiting the dentist when their first tooth erupts, or about the time of their first birthday. This initial appointment with our pediatric dentist is designed to help you child get used to our office, begin developing a trusting, positive relationship between your child and our dental professionals, and answer any questions and concerns you may have. We are here to be a resource for you in helping you care for your child’s oral health.
During your child’s first appointment, our dentist and team will:
- Greet you and your child.
- Review your child’s and family’s health history.
- Discuss your child’s oral habits, pacifier use, general development, diet, tooth alignment, and tooth development.
- Address your questions and concerns.
- Provide advice on good oral care, how to prevent oral injury, fluoride intake, and sippy cup use.
- Gently examine your child’s teeth. We will ask you to hold your child so that he or she can still see you, and position the child so that his or her head is in our dentist’s lap.
- Demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques.
- Describe your child’s current oral health, and make specific recommendations (usually about their oral habits, appropriate toothpaste and toothbrushes, orthodontically correct pacifiers, and diet).
- Detail what you can expect to see in your child’s oral development.
- Outline an appointment schedule for continued dental care.
There are a number of things you can do to prepare your child for his or her appointment and help them feel more comfortable with our dentist. Here are a few ideas:
- Bringing another adult with you – another adult can help soothe and calm your child so that you can ask our dentist questions and address any concerns you may have.
- Leaving other children at home so that you can focus on your infant’s first appointment without distractions.
- Avoid threatening language (drills, needles, injections, bleeding, etc.) that may scare your child.
- Provide positive explanations for what will happen – talk about the visit in general terms rather than discussing the details of procedures (for example, “dentists keep your teeth healthy,” rather than, “dentists will drill your teeth to remove tooth decay”).
- Explain what will happen so that your child is not unpleasantly surprised. Age-appropriate books are a great help in giving children an understanding of dental care. Some dentist-approved books include:
- The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Show Me Your Smile: A Visit to the Dentist; part of the “Dora the Explorer” series
- Going to the Dentist, by Anne Civardi
- Elmo Visits the Dentist; part of the “Sesame Street” series.
If you have questions about your child’s first dental appointment, please feel free to contact our office. We will be happy to provide you with additional information.