The dental appointments someone attends as a child can influence how they feel about the dentist’s office for many, many years to come – which is why Shore Dental wants to ensure that these experiences are 100% positive! Dr. Stein and Dr. Smith welcome in the whole family for comprehensive dentistry, and our relaxed atmosphere is a great fit for younger patients. We’ll help them develop good oral healthcare habits and provide the gentle, friendly support they and their growing smiles need on a regular basis. To schedule an appointment for your son or daughter, please contact our North Port, FL location today.
What Happens During My Child’s First Dental Appointment?
When it’s time to bring your loved one in for their very first checkup, keep in mind that this experience will be very short. Depending on their age, our doctors may ask you to sit in the treatment chair and hold your child during the exam, or they may ask you to stay in the waiting room so that our team can start building a relationship with your son or daughter right away.
During the examination, our team will take a careful look at all of the existing teeth and their current bite, pinpointing any possible concerns with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. We will also educate parents on good oral hygiene techniques for their children and how to instill strong habits at home, as well as answer any questions you may have.
How Can I Help My Child Feel Comfortable at the Dentist’s Office?
Does your child have a favorite toy or stuffed animal? If so, bring it along to their appointment so that it can comfort them if they become scared or anxious.
Have your child come along to a sibling or parent’s appointment so that they can get used to the sights and sounds of the dentist’s office without any pressure.
Play “dentist” at home! Have your child sit back in a chair and open their mouth so you can peer inside. Then, switch positions so that they can see there’s nothing to be afraid of.