Our office follows the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics. They advise parents to schedule their child’s first dental visit when the first teeth erupt. Typically, once children turn one, they should begin to see a pediatric dentist. Here, you can learn what will happen during your child’s first dental visit in our Mt. Airy, MD, dental office.
Regular professional dental care helps patients learn about their oral health. Children can receive cleaning treatment to prevent future oral health problems. We make dental appointments enjoyable for patients when they visit Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit in Mt. Airy, MD
Start your visit by registering at our front desk. You must arrive with new patient paperwork completed, or we may not be able to see your child. Please complete all new patient forms here.
All new patients must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You will need a copy of the guardianship paperwork if you are a legal guardian. Please do not bring food, drinks, or cell phones into the office, as they can be distracting.
Dental Cleanings and Exams For Children
Regular cleanings and exams are essential to children’s dental care. We clean your child’s teeth and gums during regular dental visits and look for emerging dental problems. Our office also keeps track of their tooth development.
At your child’s first visit, we will first introduce ourselves to your child. We can help answer their questions and explain, in simple terms, what we will do during their visit.
First, we will visually examine their mouth to look for signs of cavities or gum disease. We may also take digital X-rays of their smile. Dental x-rays allow us to see dental problems we cannot see with the naked eye. With X-rays, we can make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans.
Then, we will perform a dental cleaning. Our hygienists use sterilized professional dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. Then, we polish the teeth. We use a fun-flavored toothpaste of their choosing to clean their teeth. Then, we floss between each tooth.
These thorough cleanings can help remove harmful bacterial buildup from the smile.
We can also answer your questions about how to best care for your child’s teeth and gums at home. Our team will be happy to help give you tips for a good at-home oral hygiene routine.
How to Make Dental Visits Fun
We know that the dentist’s office can seem scary to young children. Our team aims to make our office a comfortable place for all ages. Patients and parents can ask our team any questions about treatment or the cleaning process.
We also encourage children to discuss any fear or anxiety. Our friendly dentists will put your child at ease and explain what they do during their examination or cleaning in simple terms.
Parents should avoid using words like “shot,” “drill,” or “hurt.” Even mentioning how the dentist is painless can make children think about pain and become anxious. A pleasant, comfortable first visit helps put the children at ease for future visits.
We encourage children to bring their favorite toy or blanket with them. You can be present as your children receive their cleaning. Sitting in the examination room with them can put them at ease.
Make Your Child’s Next Visit
We’re here to make your child’s first dental visit to our Mt. Airy, MD office enjoyable. Call Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates for treatment today (301) 781-5337. You can also schedule a dental appointment with our dentists on our website. We welcome any further questions you have about routine dental appointments and scheduling.