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New Patient Examination (Child)

We call a child’s first visit to Wilson Park Dental a “Happy Visit”. We have found that it is nice for your child to see what our office looks like and meet the people who work here, without having any treatment done on the first visit. They can see what it is like to sit in the “big chair”, see some of the instruments we use by counting their teeth, and let them hear some of the funny noises associated with having their teeth cleaned or restored. We feel it is important to have their trust and have a positive experience right from the start.

Your child should generally see a dentist when he gets his first tooth, or by age one at the latest -- "First visit by first birthday" is a good rule of thumb, according to both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Your child's first visit to the dentist should be low-key and comfortable. As parents, you should feel very comfortable with the dentist before she examines your child. To make sure everything looks healthy, the dentist will check both your child's teeth and gums. She will pay particularly close attention to any sign of baby bottle tooth decay, a common problem in infants and toddlers.

The dentist will also offer valuable advice for preventing future cavities. For instance, she may recommend giving your child fluoride, especially if your water isn't fluoridated. She will also suggest a schedule for future dental visits, usually once every six months or so. Make sure your child has a well-balanced diet, with plenty of calcium and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Most dentists let parents sit by their child's side. If you have an older child, however, the exam might go more smoothly if you stay in the waiting room. Above all, try not to show too much anxiety of your own. If you stay upbeat about dentists and dental care, your child will most likely follow your lead.