First Visit

first visit childWhile the first years of your child’s life and development are undoubtedly an exciting time, we realize that this is also an incredibly hectic time as well. Parents have plenty to keep track of during this time – from their child’s first words to their first day of school. That’s why we hope you’ll let us at Arlington Pediatric Dentistry take care of your child’s first dental visit! Our experienced doctors and staff are capable of giving your child a comfortable dental visit that will put him or her on the path toward a lifetime of great oral health. We even want to make sure that visiting an Arlington, VA children’s dentist remains affordable, which is why we’re glad to provide an in-house discount plan to make sure that your child gets a needed dental exam.

When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first visit the pediatric dentist at about the age of one. While this may seem early, the truth is that tooth decay and other oral health problems can develop as soon as a child’s first tooth erupts. It’s also never too early to help your child develop healthy habits relating to his or her oral hygiene.

How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Many kids often develop the false belief that going to the pediatric dentist’s office is something to be afraid of. In order to help combat these feelings and make your child feel more positive and comfortable about going to the dentist, we’d like to give you a few helpful tips:

  • Let your child know beforehand about the appointment and build some excitement about it.
  • Don’t show any signs of nervousness yourself! Kids can pick up on your feelings so make sure to approach the trip to the dentist with a positive attitude.
  • Reassure your child that this first visit to the dentist is just a chance to take a look inside his or her mouth.
  • Bring a comforting toy, a small snack, and some extra diapers with you to the appointment.
  • It may also help to bring another adult or an older sibling to give you additional support and also free up some of your attention so that you can focus on discussing your child’s oral health.

What to Expect During the Visit

A typical first visit to the dentist will include the following:

  • First, we’ll spend a couple minutes to get settled in and explain what we’ll be going over.
  • When everyone’s comfortable, we’ll perform a gentle examination of your child’s mouth. We’ll be looking for tooth decay and any signs of possible oral disease in the future.
  • We’ll then take the time to discuss our observations from the examination.
  • Finally, we’ll discuss ways to improve your child’s oral hygiene and how to promote healthy oral habits.

Visit Your Arlington, VA Affordable Children’s Dentist!

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your Arlington, VA affordable dentist, you can give us a call at (703) 671-KIDS. Alternatively, feel free to fill out our online appointment request form. We’re looking forward to meeting you!