Did you know that kids should see the dentist for the first time by the age of 1, or whenever their first baby tooth emerges? It’s true, and if your little one is overdue for a teeth cleaning and oral exam in Las Vegas, the team at Desert Kids Dental is here to help.
Nervous about your little one’s appointment with Dr. Thompson? We get it. Here are a few tips and steps you can take to prepare yourself and your child, and ensure their first visit to Desert Kids Dental goes well!
First, it’s important to know what will happen during your child’s first consultation. For the most part, your child’s appointment will be identical to an adult teeth cleaning. Here’s what will happen during your child’s first visit!
That’s it! Your child’s first visit usually takes only 30 minutes or less, and we do our best to make dental care feel fun, approachable, and safe at Desert Kids Dental. Still, there are a few other ways you can ensure the appointment goes smoothly!
It can be helpful to discuss the basics of dental care with your child. We recommend watching some fun YouTube videos about the dentist, checking out some children’s books from the library, and taking a look at online resources that will help your child understand the importance of dental care.
Never use negative words like “shot,” “hurt,” “pain,” and other such terms when talking about dental care. Kids tend to latch onto negative words and ideas and hold onto them, and this can make them feel scared. Maintain a good attitude and use positive language to describe dentistry. This will help your child feel more safe.
It can be good to communicate with your dentist before your appointment to ensure the comfort of your child. For example, if you know your child will want to hold your hand during treatment or they need to bring a comfort item, you can tell Dr. Thompson.
Communicating with your dentist before your child’s appointment also helps you gain more insights into what to expect at your child’s first appointment, and gives you peace of mind. And don’t forget to talk with them after the appointment, too! Dentists like Dr. Thompson can provide a lot of valuable advice about dental care to you and your child.
We understand that your child’s first dental visit can be stressful. But at Desert Kids Dental, our family-friendly office, kind and caring staff, and expertise in pediatric dentistry will help the process go more smoothly. So don’t wait. Schedule your little one’s first appointment with Dr. Thompson now by contacting us online or giving us a call at (702) 660-7099.