Your Virtual Pharmacist! Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist!

by Kathy Sykes on April 12, 2011 · 0 comments

Did you know that it is recommended that your child’s first visit to the dentist be around 1 year old? I didn’t.

I just took my son (almost 4) to the dentist for his first visit. Why now? Because somehow it just felt like the right time. We have been consistently teaching and watching him brush his teeth for at least two years now but I never thought that we would be “behind” in our dentist visit.

Anyway, since at 4 years old my son was already familiar with tooth brushing and mouth care, he was not afraid at all. In fact, he was really excited to show his teeth to the dentist. The children’s dentist we chose was terrific. He practice is definantely set up for children. The one thing that did throw me off a bit was the fact that the parents DO NOT go back with the child during their visit. I guess the practitioners have their own routine on how to get the kids to cooperate and having the mommy back there can just be distracting.

Once his exam was over, they asked me to come back to discuss what they found and to give me suggestions. My son had no cavities (which surprisingly is common at his age due to eating sugary snacks and fruit drinks) and he recommended that we keep doing what we have been doing and set him up for every six month cleanings just like adults.

Of course, my son left with a goodie bag which consisted of a new toothbrush, toothpaste and stickers. That was not what my son’s interpretation of a goodie bag was so he proceeded to yell out…”where’s my bubble gum and candy”? I told him that the dentist will not be giving you candy after your appointment.

Take your dental appointments just as important and your pediatrician appointments. If you start early, you can reduce costs in the future.

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