Your Child's First Visit
- Explain the importance of dental health to your child, including avoiding future painful cavities and infections, having strong teeth that can easily chew and enjoy many types of food up until you’re a grandma or grandpa and how taking care of our overall bodies includes a healthy mouth and teeth.
- Tell them the Doctor’s name and even show them a picture on our website. This can help them feel familiar with the doctor and build trust through recognizing a familiar face when they come in.
- Ask your child if they have any questions about what will happen and help them feel confident asking questions and discussing their visit with you or our helpful staff.
- Use positive words they’ll understand like “speedy vacuum straw” for the suction straw, “princess tooth” or “superhero tooth” for cap, crown or filling, “zoom stick” for vibrating tools like drills or polishing tool, “scuba mask” for nitrous oxide mask, etc.
- Avoid using negative or frightening words like yank, shot, needle, painful, cut, etc.
- Give them choices. Children love feeling in control, especially when they might be in a new situation that makes them feel vulnerable. Some examples are, “would you like to open the door to Dr. Draney’s office or have me open the door?” or “which book would you like to look at while we wait for our turn?”, or “what one special toy would you like to hold on your visit to the dentist's office?” Children will typically have other choices during their visit as well, such as what flavor of fluoride they’d like or what special reward they get in our office after their visit.
- There’s always a special surprise for children at Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry. Depending on your child’s age, we will have a reward for them following their visit. Explaining this to your child may help give them something positive to look forward to.
- If your child expresses anxiety about coming to the dentist, let us know in advance how we might be able to help them feel at ease.
- Plaque removal using a metal or water jet pick. This should be relatively painless. Some patients will experience slight bleeding around the gum line, which is normal and expected. It resolves very quickly, and it’s likely your child won’t even see or know.
- A polishing tool will be used next with flavored polish paste. This process conditions and polishes the teeth. During the polishing treatment, the suction straw may be used to remove excess saliva and water in the mouth. The mouth is then rinsed.
- Fluoride will be either painted on the teeth or applied in styrofoam trays which are placed in the mouth for a few minutes. Typically, your child will be able to choose the flavor of fluoride they’d like. It may be advised to avoid food or drink for up to an hour following fluoride treatment.
- The doctor will meet with you and your child at the conclusion of the visit to discuss further treatment and give some education about good dental hygiene.
Schedule Your Child’s First Appointment!
At Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry, our team will make sure both you and your child have a pleasant experience at our office. Give us a call to schedule your child’s first appointment and start them off on the right foot for a lifetime of healthy smiles.