All of your child’s visits to the dentist are important. But your child’s first dental appointment is likely the most important of all. That’s because it can set the tone for their subsequent visits. Creating a positive association with the dentist early on helps establish habits that will lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles. It also prevents the anxiety that keeps some people from making regular trips to the dentist.
Like the ADA, we suggest bringing your child to see us after they get their first tooth, no later than their first birthday. Our team will make both you and your child comfortable as we check their dental development and answer any questions you have.
Call Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry at 425-800-0578 today to schedule your visit. In the meantime, check out our tips for a stress-free first appointment:
- Enlist a Loved One for Assistance – It can be helpful to have another parent, a grandparent, or a good friend come with you for your child’s first visit. They can help keep your little one happy and entertained so you can focus more fully on what Dr. Kim is saying.
- Come When Your Child Is in a Good Mood – You know how a nap – or lack of one – can affect your child’s mood. It’s a good idea to schedule the appointment at a time when they are normally well rested. Our office opens at 7:30 a.m., which makes it easy to visit at a time that suits you both.
- Eat Beforehand – Yes, snacks like Goldfish crackers and Cheerios can help keep your child in good spirits. However, food debris can make it a little more difficult for Dr. Kim to get a good look at your child’s mouth. Avoid snacks until after your appointment, if possible.
- Use Siblings to Your Advantage – If siblings distract your child or get them worked up, it’s best to leave them at home. However, bring them along if they can keep your child entertained and happy.
- Fill Out Forms Ahead of Time – Go ahead and get your paperwork filled out ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about them while in our office. We make it easy with online patient forms.
- Take Notes – Most parents have questions about their child’s teeth. It’s easy to forget them in all of the excitement of a first visit. Write them down beforehand and bring them with you so you won’t forget to ask.
Ready for your child’s first dental appointment? Call 425-800-0578 to visit our Kirkland, WA office.