What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first hair-cut. This will be a new experience, but it will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. You cannot hide your anxiety from a child because they can sense and feed off your emotions. We often notice that the children most fearful of the dentist are the ones who’s parents have given them a reason to be fearful. You can tell your child that the dentist will gently count and brush their teeth. Reassure your child that visiting the dentist is fun. You can also read one of several children’s books about going to the dentist.
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One other exciting aspect of our dental office is getting to watch just about any movie or cartoon show imaginable, all while you relax in the chair. We have ceiling mounted TV’s with Netflix, Hulu, and HBO programs to pick from! Sometimes getting the kids to leave is harder than getting them to come in!!!!!
What about preventative care?
We are very concerned with all aspects of preventive care. At each visit, we will address your child’s oral hygiene. We will review brushing and flossing techniques with you and your child. We also use the latest in sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. A sealant is a resin type of material that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay prone teeth. Such procedures and education will help establish the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.