One of the best things we can do for our kids is to make sure that their initial dental visits are fun and stress-free. If you had a bad dental experiences as a child, you already know how important it is to take the extra time to put children at ease during their visit. It takes special people to make this visit a success, and our caring team is here to help your little one feel safe and comfortable during this exciting step in their development.
Building a Trusting Relationship with Your Child
We recommend your child first see us when they start getting their baby teeth, but no later than age one. At Flint River Dental, our goal during the first visit is to help your child get comfortable with us and the new, unfamiliar surroundings. We know that you may be a little apprehensive, too, and we invite you to stay with your child during this all-important visit.
Dr. Darby and our hygienist will also talk to you about the steps you can take to help ensure your child’s oral health. We'll discuss proper oral hygiene and the importance of good nutrition to keep your child's teeth healthy.
Everything we do works toward building a trusting relationship with your child. We’ll show your child some of the different equipment and instruments we use so they can see they’re not really scary at all. We’ll count your child’s teeth and let them take a ride in the dental chair. When their visit is over, they'll take a home a colorful balloon to remind them of the fun experience they had with us!
Reducing Stress for You and Your Child
It’s normal to want to shield your kids from any bad experiences for as long as you can. If your own attitude about dental care isn’t positive, the last thing you want is to transmit your concerns to your child. We offer distractions like children's programming in our treatment rooms, but there's a lot you can do beforehand to help your child have a positive first experience with us.
Relax – We’re here to help. We are a team of child and parent-friendly professionals who understand the challenge of first-time visits for both you and your kids.
Keep It Simple – When talking to your child about their first visit, avoid going into a lot of detail so you don’t confuse or frighten them. Focus on the positive aspects of going to the dentist and avoid any description of discomfort (i.e. the use of sharp tools).
Make It Fun – Prepare your child by going online or to the library to check out educational videos or books. Playing pretend is also a fun way to put a positive spin on the experience. Encourage some role-play to demonstrate what happens during the first visit.
Call to Schedule Your Child's Appointment
Is it time for your child's exciting first visit to the dentist? Our friendly, caring team is looking forward to welcoming you and them to Flint River Dental!