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Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment: What to Expect

There are many firsts in a child’s life. One of the most important firsts when it comes to their health and well-being is their first dentist appointment.

At Panama City Smiles, we work hard to make sure even our youngest patients feel comfortable and well-prepared in terms of their oral health. When it comes time for your child’s first dentist appointment, here is what you can expect.

Finding the Right Family Dentist

There are many ways you to find a family dentist. A good place to start is with family and friends. Ask their advice and see what offices they recommend. You can also search online by location and hours to find an office that works for you. You can call around to get more information about offices near you, or you can take a look at the practice’s website to learn more about it.

Preparing your Child for Their First Dental Appointment

Once you find an office that will work for you and your family, you should prepare your child for their first visit. A child is much more likely to experience anxiety over their first visit to the dentist if they don’t know what to expect.

Talk to your child about what they can expect during their time with us. Use positive language to explain what happens during a checkup at the dentist. As best you can, try to get your child excited about coming to see us. Describe it as an adventure and explain how important it is to make sure their teeth are healthy. We want your child to think of us as good guys, not people to be feared.

When the day of your child’s appointment arrives, try to make sure they are well-rested. Remember to bring proof of insurance with you as well as a list of any medications your child is currently taking. You should also expect to fill out a health history form once you arrive at the office.

What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment

When a child comes to see us for the first time, we make sure to take our time with them and their parents to ensure they are as comfortable and well-informed as possible. Before we begin their examination, we will discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

We also are happy to answer questions you may have about dental care at home or about things that may affect the development of your little one’s smile. Keep in mind, we will never judge you or embarrass you. We only want to make sure you are informed about the ways you can protect your child’s teeth and prevent oral health issues from arising in the future.

We will then examine your child’s teeth and check for any potential issues. We will thoroughly clean your child’s teeth, and we can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques for you and your child.

Schedule Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment With Us

Call Panama City Smiles today at 850-588-0185 to schedule their first dentist appointment. You also can fill out our online form. When you contact us, be sure to tell us it will be their first time, so we can do whatever we can to make sure they feel comfortable. We regularly see patients of all ages and are excited every time we welcome a new patient to our practice. At our Panama City, FL office, we work hard to make sure you feel more like family. Call us today!

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