First Visit

first-visit1At Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces, it’s our goal to provide children with a great head start on developing a lifetime of healthy teeth and healthy habits. We understand that as a parent, you have all sorts of things that you have to plan and worry about, which is why we’re glad to take over the role of your child’s dental health advisors. As your trusted pediatric dentist, we’ll be glad to help with any and all of your dental health concerns for your child when you bring him or her in for a first visit.

The Importance of Your Child’s First Dental Visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "dental home" for your child by one year of age. The AAPD defines the dental home as “the ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family centered way.”

In other words, you should bring your child to their first dental appointment before they’re 12 months of age so that they can begin a healthy, happy relationship with their dentist. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

Preparing for Your Child’s First Visit

The first thing you should do is talk to your child about what to expect beforehand. Make sure not to make too big of a deal about it or get too nervous; children can tend to pick up on your nervousness and it can make them anxious as well. Let your child know that we’ll simply be looking inside his or her mouth and we’ll also spend some time talking to you two. It may be helpful to bring a snack, a toy, or something that will help ease your child’s mind during the visit.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” Our pediatric dentists and staff make a practice of using words that convey the same message without frightening the child.

If you have other kids, it’s best if you’re able to leave them with someone else or possibly even bring another adult with you to the appointment so that you can focus solely on your child’s oral health.

During the Visit

first-visit2The first thing we’ll do during the visit is spend a few minutes getting to know you and your child and discuss what we’ll be doing. After everyone is acclimated, we’ll perform a gentle examination of your child’s mouth. During this examination, we’ll look for any signs of tooth decay. We’ll also assess whether or not there is a risk of developing a dental disease in the future. This can help us prevent -- or even reverse -- the early stages of tooth decay without the need for drilling.

After the examination, we’ll go over various ways to keep your child’s oral health at its optimal level. We’ll discuss oral hygiene tips, proper dieting and nutrition, and the best ways to prevent tooth decay. If any treatments are needed, we’ll explain what they are, how they’re performed, and why we recommend them. At the end of the appointment, we’ll schedule a follow-up visit in six months.

Contact Your Kids’ Dentist Today

If you have any more questions about your child’s first visit to the dentist, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at one of our eight office locations. We can’t wait to hear from you and help put your child on the path toward a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our team and be comfortable at all times! A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let your child know that the dentist and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.

Parents, please refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle" or "drill." We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive, pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.

We will record your child's dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review with you and your child the importance of maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene routine to ensure that your child keeps a healthy, beautiful smile for life!

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