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It is important to help your child form good dental habits as early as possible. If you have a young child, their first dentist appointment may be soon on the horizon. Dental visits for kids can be a little nerve-wracking, but our team at Massanutten Dental will make it as comfortable and positive an experience as possible.

Contact our office to schedule your child’s first pediatric dentistry visit today at 540-908-4846.

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist for the first time around their first birthday.

Many parents are unsure of what they should expect from this visit, but our team of dentists will help put your mind at ease. A pediatric dentist is specifically trained to treat children’s teeth, gums and mouths. They have the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that your child receives the best possible care. During their first appointment, our team will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth and gums, as well as take x-rays if necessary. Our team will also talk with you about ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy for years to come. Then, if any dental problems are found, we will work with you to create the right treatment plan for your child.

Preparing For Your Child’s First Pediatric Dentistry Visit

It is always a good idea to be prepared for your child’s appointment. For many children, a visit to the dentist is their first experience with having someone look in their mouth. If your child feels scared or nervous about going to the dentist, here are a few ideas to help make the experience a positive one. 

  • Start early. Bringing your child in for their first visit while still young can help set the foundation for healthy oral care habits. It will also help get them comfortable with visiting the dentist, so they do not feel nervous or scared when it comes time for their regular dental checkups. 
  • Explain what will happen. Children tend to worry less when they know what to expect from a new situation. Let your child know what to expect from their appointment ahead of time. This will help minimize any nervousness or anxiety your child might have. Be sure to tell your child what we will be doing during the appointment and explain that it is normal for everyone to feel a little uncomfortable during their first visit.
  • Be prepared. If your child knows what will happen at the dentist, they will not be as scared or surprised when we start examining them.
  • Get them excited. After your child’s first appointment, let your little one know that they will get to choose a new toothbrush and other goodies at the end. Then, if your child gets excited to come back for their next dental visit, it should be much easier the second time around.

Dental Care Habits to Practice At Home

Babies can begin getting their first tooth as early as three months old, but most babies start to get teeth around six months. One of the most helpful things you can do to ensure your child’s teeth are healthy is to help them practice good dental care habits at home. This will ensure that their baby teeth and permanent teeth stay healthy throughout their life.

Here are a few things you can do at home: 

  • To set your child up for healthy permanent teeth, you should begin caring for their gums and paying attention to their oral health before the first tooth erupts. This includes rubbing and cleaning their gums before getting baby teeth.
  • Make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and make sure they use circular motions on all surfaces of their teeth.
  • Encourage your child to floss once daily. It is essential to make it fun, so try using music or choosing their flossing tool.
  • Teach your child how to rinse with water after eating and drinking sugary substances. This will help remove any bacteria or food particles from their teeth before they have a chance to damage the teeth or cause cavities.
  • Instruct your kids to eat healthy foods and minimize sugary and processed drinks and foods. Eating healthy foods will help reduce the risks of cavities and tooth decay.
  • Ask your child’s dentist at Massanutten Dental about oral care products that can help your child maintain good dental hygiene habits at home. Our team will be happy to discuss the various options available to you.

Contact Us And Schedule First Pediatric Dental Visit

Massanutten Dental is proud to offer high-quality dental care. Your child’s first dental visit is an important step in early oral health care. Do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions. Our team of pediatric dentists is happy to help answer any questions about your child’s first dentist appointment.

Call our office today at 540-908-4846, and we will help you find a time slot that works best for you!