Your child’s first dental visit sets the tone for their attitudes about dental care. It is quite important to establish good feelings and emotions about visiting the dentist. These early first impressions set expectations and perceptions about visiting the dentist as an adult. Our goal is not just for your child to have a tolerable visit to the office, but to have a great and exciting experience so they will enjoy visiting the dentist for a lifetime!
Parents often wonder what to say to their small child before to their first dental visit. Oftentimes, the less said, the better! Many of us had traumatic dental visits as kids and these negative emotions about going to the dentist are often projected on our children by what we say and how we discuss these appointments. It’s best to let your child build their own feelings about going to the dentist for themselves. Keep the details of your child’s appointment to a calm and casual conversation.
Tell your kids that Dr Cajee and his team love to count teeth so that their friends have healthy mouths for chewing food that helps them grow. First dental visits can and should be fun!
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
How do dental sealants work?
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
Dr Cajee’s No Cavity Club
Our goal for all our patients is to be cavity-free. Our patients who have no cavities automatically become members of Dr Cajee’s No Cavity Club and receive an exclusive full-color certificate.
To access brochures from the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, click here.