When you bring your child to AZ Dental for the first time, Dr. Allan Pang will take the time to help your child feel comfortable and safe, and make sure that they are growing and developing correctly. Give us a call at 408-227-6000 to schedule your child’s visit with our friendly pediatric dentist in San Jose, California, and learn how you can prepare for their first dental appointment.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time by their first birthday. This initial visit is designed to help your child get used to the dentist’s office, and to develop a trusting, positive relationship between the child and our dental professionals.
During the first visit, our dentists and team will:
- Greet you and your child.
- Review your child’s and family’s health history.
- Discuss your child’s oral habits, pacifier use, general development, diet, tooth alignment, and tooth development.
- Address your questions and concerns.
- Provide advice on good oral care, how to prevent oral injury, fluoride intake, and sippy cup use.
- Gently examine your child’s teeth. We will ask you to hold your child so that he or she can still see you, and position the child so that his or her head is in our dentist’s lap.
- Demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques.
- Describe your child’s current oral health, and make specific recommendations (usually about their oral habits, appropriate toothpaste and toothbrushes, orthodontically correct pacifiers, and diet).
- Detail what you can expect to see in your child’s oral development.
- Outline an appointment schedule for continued dental care.
You can help make your child’s first dental appointment more pleasant by:
- Bringing another adult with you – this can help the child feel calm and give you the opportunity to ask our dentist your questions.
- Leaving other children at home so that you can focus on your infant’s first appointment
- Avoid threatening language (drills, needles, injections, bleeding, etc.) that may scare your child
- Provide positive explanations for what will happen – talk about the visit in general terms rather than discussing the details of procedures (for example, “dentists keep your teeth healthy,” rather than, “dentists will drill your teeth to remove tooth decay.”)
- Explain what will happen. Age-appropriate books are a great help in giving children an understanding of dental care. Some dentist-approved books include:
- The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Show Me Your Smile: A Visit to the Dentist; part of the “Dora the Explorer” series
- Going to the Dentist, by Anne Civardi
- Elmo Visits the Dentist; part of the “Sesame Street” series.
For more information about your child’s first dental visit, please call our office today.