Your Childs First Hygiene Appointment
When your child becomes three years of age, we recommend they
have their first hygiene visit. This visit has two goals. First, to
gently introduce your child to the dental experience and second, to
begin in-office preventive procedures.
Our staff is highly
trained and experienced in treating children and will make their
initial visit comfortable, easy and even fun. Each new step is
gently introduced and positively reinforced by our staff.
this visit, we want to examine your child's teeth and gums, clean
their teeth, apply topical fluoride and take appropriate x-rays.
What is actually accomplished depends upon the ease in which your
child adapts to this new experience.
The first visit can
often be anxiety producing for a young child. Parents are expected
to accompany their children. It helps to prepare them for the visit
by following these simple steps:
• Let you
child know the visits to the dentist are an important
part of growing up because teeth are important!
Give your child assurance and emotional support.
• Discuss dentistry in a pleasant way, children are very
impressionable. The more calm and at ease you are so
will they be. First visits to the dentist set the tone
for a lifetime of dental experiences.
It is not
unusual for children this age to be reluctant to
cooperate initially and crying and refusal to sit in the
dental chair is common. Please don't be surprised if
this occurs. With your help my staff will "win" your
child over. Children take great pride in overcoming
their fears and leave feeling very good about themselves
and what they have accomplished.