What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dental or Orthodontic Visit at Our Fairfield Office
Thank you for your interest in Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, as we know you have many options when it comes to your child’s oral health. Our entire pediatric dental and orthodontic team strives to create a strong relationship with you and your child as well as provide expert treatment in a comfortable, pleasant environment.
So that we can properly diagnose and make recommendations for your child’s dental health, we will complete a thorough oral health and cosmetic dental examination during this initial appointment.
The Importance of Preventative Dentistry
Prevention of common dental and orthodontic problems are key to ensuring your child has a healthy and beautiful smile for the rest of their life. Our skilled team of pediatric dentists and orthodontists will show you how to control your child’s dental health and maintain their beautiful smile.
Dental visits should be regularly scheduled as this will give your child the best opportunity for good long-term dental health and save you money by avoiding more costly procedures later on!
Emphasis on Strong Patient-to-Doctor Relationship
We want your child to look forward to going to the dentist or orthodontist each time they visit us. Good communication is essential in forming a lasting relationship, and we encourage our patients and parents to ask questions and voice concerns at any time. Please feel free to discuss it immediately with one of our team members – comments and suggestions are always welcome!
Is it OK for Children to Cry?
Yes, crying is a normal reaction to almost any kind of anxiety in a young child. New experiences, strange people and places can be very overwhelming, so please do not let your child’s occasional tears upset you, as crying is a very common reaction. We also anticipate crying and are well-trained in helping calm children that may be scared. Generally, the more relaxed the parent and dental staff are, the quicker the child is in overcoming their anxiety.
Pointers for Parents!
The first visit to the dentist can determine your child’s attitude towards future dental visits, so it is important that you show your child that there is no reason for concern or fear. Here are some of our tips for parents:
- Make dental visits enjoyable – we will help!
- Be relaxed
- Set a good example! Brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly!
- Bribe your child into going to the dentist
- Use dental visits as punishment
- Show your child you are anxious about going to the dentist
- Let anyone tell your child scary dentist stories
- Use words like “hurt”, “shot”, “drill”, “X-ray” or “needle”
- Share any of your dental horror stories
Come Prepared For Your First Visit
Click here to download our new patient form, and save yourself time in the office by filling them out and bringing them with you to your child’s first appointment. Please contact us at our Fairfield, Connecticut office, and one of our team members will work with you to schedule your appointment.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be your child's personal dental care team.