We recommend to our patients to bring their children in for an examination by the age of 1 and subsequent every 6 months for a checkup. Children at this age have a keen sense of their surroundings and are very curious about the different things they see and feel. While we may or may not be able to do a complete examination, this gives a perfect opportunity for your children to familiarize themselves with their dental office environments. They can see, hear, smell, and touch different items while they are in the dental chair and react according to their personalities.
We ask our patients NOT to "prepare" their children prior to their visits to the dental office or use phrases like "it is not going to hurt" when talking to them about their dental appointments. Children are very perceptive and would wonder why Mom and Dad never "prepare" them before going out to eat or to swim but only before a medical or dental appointment. Even if such phrases are not used, they would often feel your apprehension if you yourself have ill feelings going to the dentist. It is often better to keep your answers brief when your children ask about their appointments and let them decide how they feel in the dental office.
What to Expect During a Child's Dental Appointment
These appointments allow us to screen for any unusual developmental patterns in your children early and answer your questions specifically pertaining to your children. If we discover nothing unusual about their development, these appointments allow your children to have "good" experiences at the dental office. If and when they do require treatment beyond the regular check-ups, they are at least familiar with the surroundings of the dental office, have developed a level of trust with the dentist and staff, and know from previous experiences that they will be treated well. Dental treatment is often much more difficult in unfamiliar surroundings and provided by strangers when your children are already in discomfort.
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