Your little one's first dental visit is all about familiarizing them with the dentist's office and making sure they feel comfortable in the dentist's chair. It's often helpful to bring your child along with you to your dental appointments, so they can see firsthand that you're comfortable at the dental office.
It's also a good idea to give your child a dental home, meaning a dentist and dental office that you and your child like and feel comfortable visiting.
Dr. Danner and our team at J. Russell Danner, DDS, along with the rest of our team, are dedicated to making your child's dental visits positive and enjoyable experiences.
What Should My Child Expect?
Your child's first visit is an introductory appointment where the dentist will spend time getting to know them.
The dentist's role during the first visit is to do an initial exam, answer any questions the patient or parent may have, and set a plan for the dental future. The dentist will also provide recommendations on caring for the child's teeth at home, including brushing, flossing, and nutritional guidance.
During the initial examination, the dentist will:
- Review the child's medical history
- Examine the child's teeth, mouth, and gums
- Take X-rays
- Review the X-rays with the patient/parent
- Perform a cleaning
- Review proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Review dietary recommendations
- Discuss any dental recommendations
What Should I Do to Prepare My Child for Their First Visit?
Before your child's appointment, try to prepare them by explaining to them that the dentist will be looking at their mouth, teeth, and gums. Let them know that the dentist will use special tools to clean their teeth and show them how to brush their teeth properly.
How Often Will My Child Need to Visit the Dentist?
Your child needs to visit a dentist about once every six months for regular dental checkups. However, this timeframe can vary if your child is being treated for a dental condition.
At J. Russell Danner, DDS, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at 405-749-1676 or visit us at 4514 Memorial Cir Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73142.