At Kissimmee Children’s Dentistry, we believe that starting your child’s dental care journey from a young age is an essential step towards achieving not only a better smile but overall health and wellbeing as well.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry strongly recommends that your child come visit us by their first birthday. Rather than fighting tooth decay and gum disease, this gives us the best opportunity to prevent any problems before they arise. Additionally, visiting our office from a young age allows your child to build a positive relationship with dentistry and connect with our friendly team members. Some benefits of taking your child to our office include:
- Establishing a comfortable dental home.
- Minimizing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
- Monitoring jaw & facial development.
- Reducing the cost of dental care by eliminating the need for extensive treatment.
Preparing for the First Visit
To make sure your child is prepared for their first visit with us, we encourage you to inform them about the process before arriving. One of the leading causes of dental fear is that children are unaware of what happens in a dental office, so they need some explanation and reassurance before getting inside the treatment room.
- Tell your child about the role of a dental care professional and why dental care is important to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
- You can also assure them that we will be patient, understanding, and more than willing to discuss any fears or anxiety they are feeling before beginning the appointment.
During this first visit, we will:
- Retain any pertinent dental or medical information.
- Conduct a complete examination.
- Discuss steps for improvement and offer positive feedback.
We encourage parents to be present during this visit, as it not only empowers your child, but shows them that they are in a safe environment.
By the end of the appointment, we can assure you that your child will have a newly discovered confidence in the dental office, and you will be equipped with all the tools to help establish good oral hygiene.