Positive Attitude
first dental visit


Positive Attitude

Parents tend to be really anxious when it comes to their child's First Dental Visit. If you as a parent are anxious about your child's first dental visit then it is likely that the child will be anxious too. Hence it is extremely important for the parents to give out a positive message and portray a positive attitude towards their child's Dental visits. Maintaining a good healthy positive relationship with the dentist from the very first dental visit can prepare your child for a lifetime of positive dental visits.

How Can You Prepare for Your Child’s First Visit?

At FMS, our team of Pediatric Dentists are experienced in providing comfort and empathy to the child. Our Pediatric Dentists have received extensive training in Child Psychology and our dental offices are designed in a way that is most comfortable and encouraging to the child and parents which helps prepare the child for positive dental visits. It is not just our dentists, our support team right from the front desk staff to the assistants are also well- trained in making the child feel comfortable at our office and they also use games, cartoons to keep the child engaged and entertained thereby creating a positive environment overall.

For your child’s first pediatric dentist appointment, you can do the following to ensure a positive experience:

  • Read, Watch, Talk: if your child is feeling anxious before the dentist appointment you can read some stories to the child regarding what happens at the dental office. You can watch and show your child some videos available on first dental visits, Most importantly you talk to your child. Use your past experiences with the dentist and make the message a positive and impactful one.
  • Bring another adult. Infants can be fussy and irritable during dental examinations. An additional adult can calm the child while your dentist asks questions and also can note down the instructions given.
  • make sure to leave your other children at home. Other children can distract you and the child, often resulting in additional chaos at the office. Conducting first dental visits without other children being present can reduce the stress to you and your child.
  • Avoid use of scary language. While speaking to your child before the first dental visit, avoid using words like “pain”, “painful”, “drills,” “needles,” “injections,” and “bleeding” as these words can easily frighten children.
  • Provide positive explanations. Use your own positive language with your child to explain the role of a dentist and importance of dental care. Explanation of the dentist’s role such as  “helping teeth stay healthy”, “dental treatment is good for you”, “dentist is just helping you stay strong and health” can be much more effective and helpful.

Explain what is happening. Knowing what to expect from the first dental visit  can greatly reduce dentist-related anxiety in children. You can help your child manage expectations and make dental visits fun.

So What exactly Happens On a First Dental Visit?

A child’s first dental visit has multiple goals:

The pediatric dentist, the child and the parents need to become well-acquainted and develop a healthy, fun relationship. The dentist will evaluate the health of the existing teeth and gums and plan the necessary treatment or educate the parents regarding the oral hygiene maintenance . The dentist will also assess tooth and jaw development to learn about the child’s overall health history. Finally, the dentist will answer related questions and educate the parents about how to develop and carry out an appropriate oral care routine or emphasize on continuing the existing oral health routine.

Steps in a Child's
First Dental Visit:

  1. Dental support staff welcome the child and parent(s) or accompanying adult(s).
  2. Dental support staff will ask a few questions related to the child’s and family’s overall health history.
  3. The pediatric dentist addresses the dental concerns of the child.
  4. The pediatric dentist asks additional questions related to the dental concern and also about the child’s overall wellness. Some of the questions asked will be specific to oral habits, such as brushing habits, usage of pacifiers, type of brushing aids used etc. Other questions will be about the general topics such as the child’s diet, overall growth and development.
  5. The  dentist will educate the parents regarding good oral hygiene practices, diet and nutrition, usage of fluorides, counseling regarding habits, growth and development and injury prevention.
  6. The pediatric dentist will then begins the examination. The ideal position is for the dentist and parent to face each other while sitting down and the child to be well rested on their laps. the head of the child will rest on the dentist’s lap and the legs towards the parent. In this position, the infant can look at the parent while the dentist can examine the child’s mouth.
  7. The pediatric dentist describes in detail the infant’s oral health status and makes specific recommendations about care.
  8. The Pediatric dentist will then explain what will be done in the next appointment and set it up.

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