It may be a little nerve-wracking to send your child to the dentist, especially if they are young or it’s their first visit. However, knowing what to expect can help alleviate some of the worries and help prepare your child in advance.
Dr. Sarah will check your child’s teeth for tooth growth, placement, and cavities. She will ensure there are no abnormal developments. She will also check your child’s bite and determine whether there are any crossbites or jaw growth patterns that may necessitate preliminary treatment. A dental cleaning/polish will be completed to remove any plaque, stain or tartar. X-rays help the Dr. detect cavities and track development. Fluoride treatment using a brush-on varnish is recommended at the end of the appointment. Young children, under age 3, often only need a lap exam.
If your child is nervous, you can talk them through the process along with Dr. Sarah by letting them know the steps she’ll take as she conducts them. Magnolia Dental Care uses the “Tell, Show, Do” method with children so they feel comfortable with each step of the appointment. Speak with Dr. Sarah in advance if your child gets nervous so she can help them feel at ease.