In addition to being a new stage in your child’s development, baby teeth open up a variety of new foods they could not previously eat. When a baby’s first tooth erupts or their first birthday, whichever comes first, is when it’s recommended to have your child’s first dental visit. While these first visits are mostly informative in nature, they allow parents to establish a proper oral care routine for their children to follow for a lifetime. Dr. Amy Marckese is proud to offer family dentistry at DentalSpa Indy to help ease children into seeing the dentist.
Prepare in Advance
Make sure that your child is well rested and not hungry when it’s time for the appointment. It might be helpful to write down a list of questions ahead of time to ask the dentist so you don’t forget while helping your child through the visit. You will want to check with your dental insurance provider about copays and coverage before the day of your child’s first dentist visit to make sure he or she is covered. Most dental offices will ask for proof of dental and medical insurance at the time of service. Finally, do not forget to bring a list of your child’s current medications, and all information necessary to complete a health history form.
You may want to discuss what will happen during the first visit prior to arriving with an older child to help avoid excessive nervousness at the time of the exam. At DentalSpa Indy, you and your child can see the same dentist at the same time to ease any anxiety. If your child still experiences some anxiety over the appointment, try to ease his or her worries by reading books about dentists or by watching videos about children’s trips to the dentist to help them visualize what the visit will be like.
What to Expect during Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
During the first visit, the dentist will normally educate parents on proper care of teeth and gums for babies. Pacifier use and how proper nutrition helps to develop healthy teeth may also be discussed. Brushing techniques may also be demonstrated for parents so that they are able to effectively assist their young children with oral care. At the end of the appointment, the dentist should also provide you with the opportunity to ask questions.
By establishing a good working relationship with a dentist, parents can ensure that their child receives proper dental care from an early age. Scheduling and keeping routine dental appointments from an early age helps children to be comfortable with dental care and will help them make maintaining oral health a priority.
Family Dental Care in Indianapolis
Looking for a family dentist in the Indianapolis area? DentalSpa is accepting new patients. We strive to make your family visit to the dentist easy and stress-free. Our office accepts most major dental insurance carriers and submits claims electronically on your behalf. Contact our office or schedule an appointment online today for you and your family.