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Everything You Need to Know about Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Your child’s first dental appointment is an important milestone for lifelong good oral health. Young children are often fearful of unknown experiences, so you need to make the first visit as comfortable as possible.

Dr. Wolnik offers dental appointments for young children in Parma Heights, Ohio. Meet Dr. Wolnik.

Many parents have questions and concerns about the first dental appoint. We’ve got answers to some of your most frequently asked questions:
child in dental chair with thumb's up | Dr. Wolnik

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

Most dentists recommend coming in when your child’s first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday.

Should I take my child to a specialist?

Many parents take their kids to dentists who cater to younger clients. If you have a special needs child or want a specialist, you should visit a pediatric dentist. These experts have several years of additional training in the field of pediatric dentistry and limit their services to children.

What do I need to do to prepare for that first checkup?

Scheduling an early appointment when your child is fresh, rested and cooperative is a good idea. Get it out of the way early, especially if your child tends to worry.

My child is scared of the dentist, any tips?

Even the most confident child can become upset by the strange noises and faces in the dental office. Reading books and watching YouTube videos will help them know what to expect. You could play “let’s go to the dentist” and brush your child’s teeth in a recliner. Make it fun!

What should I expect for the first visit?

The first visit will be a meet and greet with a quick exam. Expect it to be short and informal. The dentist will check your child’s teeth, bite, and jaw. Teeth cleaning comes next, then maybe a fluoride application. The dentist will want to discuss oral hygiene and answer any questions you have. Prepare a list ahead of time, so you remember everything you want to ask.

How often should I take my child to the dentist?

Like adults, children need dental checkups every six months.

Contact Dr. Wolnik Today!

If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Wolnik’s office. Give us a call at (440) 842-8015 or send us an email at info@drwolnik.com

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