It’s no secret that regular dental visits can help your child have a beautiful smile and establish good oral hygiene habits from an early age. At William Kemper DMD in Louisville, KY, that is exactly our goal; happy kids and healthy teeth. When it comes time for their routine teeth cleaning, it’s important for both the child and parent to know what to expect so there are no surprises which will help the child stay calm and focused.
When Should Kids Have A Dental Checkup
If your child has teeth, they should be going to the dentist. As soon as that first little tooth starts to pop up, it’s time to start thinking about scheduling a dentist appointment. All kids should visit the dentist by their first or second birthday. From there on out, all healthy children should visit the dentist every six months.
These early appointments are all about checking their teeth and gums, teeth cleaning, as well as getting used to going to the dentist so that if and when they need more advanced care, they are already familiar with the dentist, the office, and the tools.
During your child’s dental visit, Dr. Kemper will let you know when to schedule your next appointment based on the health of your child’s teeth. Sometimes we recommend more-frequent visits depending on your child’s risk factors for oral health problems.
How To Prepare Your Child For A Visit To The Dentist
When it comes to any medical appointment, some kids experience extreme anxiety while others aren’t concerned about it at all. Dr. Kemper and his staff take several measures to ensure the comfort and safety of your child during their teeth cleaning.
- When you arrive at the office, you are greeted with a fun, child-friendly waiting room where the child is occupied until their appointment time.
- As you walk to the exam room, you’ll notice friendly staff, colorful rooms, and a kid-friendly atmosphere ready for your child’s teeth cleaning.
- We always include the child in their visit and speak to them in a calm, reassuring voice, explaining to them what is going to happen during their teeth cleaning in kid-friendly terms.
There are things parents can do at home to help ease their child before their teeth cleaning.
- Before scheduling your child’s first dental exam, choose a pediatric dentist. Dr. Kemper works only with children and his entire office and staff cater to the tiniest patients.
- Carefully time your child’s visit. Choose a time of day when your child is rested, alert, and happy. Avoid scheduling your teeth cleaning right before naptime or meals when your child may be tired or hungry.
- Be positive. Explain what will happen during a teeth cleaning honestly, but there’s no need to include scary terms like “pain,” “shot” or “hurt.” You can explain the use special tools, and talk about your positive experiences with the dentist in the past.
- Listen to your child and allow them to share anything they are worried about, give them reassurance and courage when going to the dentist.
What Happens During a Pediatric Dental Exam
We are very open and honest about each step of the dental exam and teeth cleaning, so both parents and children know what to expect. The process for an exam is slightly different depending on the age of your child.
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