Is it time to bring your child into the dentist’s office? Here’s what to expect.
It’s probably hard to believe that your child is already 1 year old. It seemed like just yesterday they were born and now you’re helping them blow the candle out on their birthday cake. We know how important it is for parents to keep their little ones healthy and one way to do that is by scheduling your child’s first visit with our Virginia Beach, VA, dentist Dr. Elleni Kapoor around their first birthday.
This first visit is usually pretty quick
We want to make your child’s first trip to the dentist’s office here in Virginia Beach a little easier. So you’ll be relieved to hear that the first visit is usually pretty fast. The majority of the visit is really time spent talking with the parents and making their children feel at ease.
This is a time to establish rapport
You are bringing your child in for the first time so we understand that this visit is just as much about your child as it is about you, the parents. We want every family that walks through our doors to feel cared for and listened to. This first visit is a time for you to assess your child’s comfort and how our team addresses their needs. Rapport is so incredibly important, especially when it comes to the doctors your child turns to regularly. If your child feels comfortable and at ease with us, that’s a win for everyone!
Write down questions you have and bring them with you
In the heat of the moment, you may be likely to forget the questions that have been running through your head for the weeks leading up to this appointment. The best way to ensure that you get all of your questions answered is by writing them down when they come to you. These may be questions about everything from thumb-sucking and other potentially bad habits to diet, fluoride treatment and how to clean and care for your child’s growing smile.
We will perform a simple exam to look at their gums and any erupting teeth
We also want to see how your child’s new smile is developing and to make sure that their new teeth and gums look healthy and clean. During the first visit, we recommend that parents hold their child, which can be comforting for them, while we take a quick peek inside their mouths. If we do notice any plaque or tartar buildup we may need to do a simple cleaning, but most of the time a quick oral exam is all that’s needed.
If you have questions about your child’s first dental visit with our Virginia Beach dentist don’t hesitate to give us a call. Turn to the gentle, caring dental team at General Dentistry 4 Kids to get your child the comprehensive dentistry they deserve. Call us today at (757) 965-3333 to schedule an appointment.