Dr. Beadnell and her friendly, caring dental team really understand how to connect with children and put your child at ease.
We typically see children for the first “regular” dental visit just after the child’s third birthday. Beadnell Family Dentistry welcomes parents to bring children in prior to their third birthday to familiarize them to the “dentist” and let us check their developing teeth.
Your child’s first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a good working relationship can be established between your child and Dr. Beadnell.
During the appointment, we will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and evaluate the development of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums.
After cleaning your child’s teeth, we may apply topical fluoride to help protect against decay. We will also ensure that your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
We have a children’s corner in our office with toys and books for them to enjoy. Also, we have a toy chest for every child to pick a prize after his or her successful dental visit!
Tooth Decay and Children No Longer Have To Go Hand In Hand
Beadnell Family Dentistry is most concerned with prevention of dental issues. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are space-age plastics that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth. We also believe in regular use of at-home fluoride to strengthen your child’s developing teeth.
These are just a few of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
What Should I Tell My Child About The First Dental Visit?
Dr. Beadnell and her staff are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Here are some “First Visit” tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office
- Read books with him or her about going to the dentist
- Talk about what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences