first dentist apt.

Katie - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My almost 3 yr old will be having her first Denist apt in about a month, and i'm not sure what to expect. I have a MAJOR issue with dentists myself, and the thought of the dentist scraping her teeth or something makes my stomach churn. Can anyone tell me what I should be expecting?

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Courtney - posted on 02/17/2009

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Also...in the future..if you plan to have any more kids- make the app. sooner than 3 yrs old. I love in MA and they passed a new law that kids have to go to the dentist and 6months old. They will be more apt to have fun, have less fear, and cooperate. Also..you can fix any problems sooner.

Courtney - posted on 02/17/2009

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If the dentist is a good dentist your app. should go rather smoothly. My son went to his 1st dentist app. about 3 months ago and he loved it. They just showed him all of the tools, counted his teeth, and brushed them. They usually wait until the 2nd or 3rd app. to do any scraping or anything like that. Hopefully, your dentist will do the same. It's important to have your child get use to the dentist and associate it with a happy and fun place before the dentist does real work to the teeth. Good luck!!!

Wendy - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter went to the dentist for the first time when she was 4. I,myself, made an appointment for a cleaning also. Megan came into the room with me and watched what the hygenist did with my teeth.....she explained what the instruments were and what she was going to do with them. After I was done, it was my daughters turn. The hygenist said to me that if my daughter at least lets her look in her mouth and count her teeth, that would be great. To my surprise, and the hygenists, not only did she let her look in her mouth, but she also let her floss her teeth and clean them and check for possible cavities. I believe it helped alot that my daughter was able to watch me first as well as be able to get familiar with what procedures and instruments the hygenist will be using. Next week, is my daughters yearly check-up and she has absolutely no hang ups about going back. Good luck.

Megan - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi hi! I've worked in the dental field for 6 years and will be taking my little one to her first dental appointment very soon, too.



I think the reason that a lot of children are scared of the dentist is because they somehow pick up on the fear that their parents have about the dentist. But going to the dentist can be fun for a child! Tell her how the dentist looks inside of her mouth to count how many teeth she has, how the dentist will take little pictures of her teeth (the x-rays) and how she'll get a free toothbrush and a prize in the end. (I would hope that they will do this!!) At her first visit, I WOULDN'T imagine that they're going to be doing a lot of "scraping". Cleaning kids' teeth is not nearly as big of a deal as cleaning adult teeth, in that she probably doesn't have tartar build-up. It will be easy for her. But whatever you do, don't let her sense her mother's anxiety!



It may be best for you if you wait in the waiting room and let the dentist do her thing. I've noticed that sometimes, children do better if their parents aren't right there holding their hand. Good luck! And try to have fun with it! Bring your camera and let her see that it's exciting to go to the dentist! :o)

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