The First Dentist Visit Can Be Hard On Your Child – And Hard On You

first dental visitPediatricians and dentists agree – a child’s first dental visit should be within six months after the first baby teeth appear, or around the age of one. For first-time parents, the idea of taking your “baby” to the dentist can be a concern. Even if you have maintained twice-yearly dental visits throughout your life, taking your child to the dentist could fall under the category of “the fearful and the unknown.”

Dr. Holbrook would like you to feel confident and comfortable about taking your child on that important first trip to the dentist. To that end, here are some ideas and things to consider:

•If you are relaxed your child will sense your calm
•If you are anxiety-ridden, your child will also pick up on those vibes
•You can sit in the examining chair with your child on your lap
•You can wait in our reception area if that would work better for you
•The first dental visit gives your child and Dr. Holbrook a chance get to know one another and begin building comfort and trust
•Dr. Holbrook will discuss your child’s overall health history with you
•Your baby’s tooth or teeth will be checked for any signs of decay

Depending on your child’s unique dental issues or your concerns, x-rays may be taken, the teeth cleaned and a fluoride treatment applied. One of the major reasons for this first dental visit is to give you a chance to learn about the best ways to take care of your child’s teeth, as well as ask questions and discuss your concerns.

It’s advisable that you get in the habit of taking your child to the dentist every six months. This allows Dr. Holbrook the ability to discover and timely treat any problems. It also helps build a trusted relationship that will be so important for your child.

Dr. Holbrook is always happy to treat a new, young patient. Call to schedule an appointment, today: (505) 881-1159.

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