Why Visiting The Dentist Is Important
Statistics from 2019 show that 23% of children aged 5 have experienced dental decay. Since a similar survey was also conducted in 2017, there has yet to be any significant progress.
In order to move away from that statistic, there needs to be a collective effort from parents to be better informed to take proper action for their children’s oral health. A great place to start is by visiting a trustworthy dental clinic like our Anderson or Fortville offices!
Choosing the Right Dental Clinic
It’s time to start doing some research on local pediatric dental practices near you. To find a reputable location, we suggest you look through online reviews and testimonials. Then, make a list and ask some friends, family, or your local pediatrician for recommendations. You can also call the dental office you’re considering and get a feel of the staff’s friendliness or manner of answering all your questions.
Keeping your Child in the Loop
Prepare a preschooler or older child for their dental visit by giving them a general idea of what to expect. Explain why it is essential to go to the dentist and build excitement and understanding so they’d know what to expect. The goal here is to prevent them from feeling overwhelmed by the new environment and experience. It may also help to schedule a morning dental appointment, so your child is fresh and alert. That way, you can avoid the hours when your kid gets cranky!
Scheduling the First Appointment
Once you decide on the clinic, it’s time to fill out and hand in any new patient forms and paperwork. The clinic may provide you with a form that you can hand in via email, fax, or in person. For Advanced Indiana, we keep all of our new patient forms on our website for easy access. Note that you’ll need to provide a complete medical history of your child. Your kid’s overall health can impact their dental health and how we tackle your child’s specific medical needs. Providing a complete medical history ensures your child receives the highest quality of care.
Arriving at the Clinic on Time or Earlier
Come in early to your first dental visit to complete any other necessary paperwork. It also allows you and your child to sit down, relax, take in your surroundings, and get friendly before seeing our team. Letting a child relax within this environment also sets a good mood leading up to the actual appointment.
Asking for Child’s Teeth and Gums Health Tips
During a child’s first dental exam, our goal is to get your child excited about brushing their teeth and flossing regularly. We also give recommendations on the right toothbrushes to help keep your child’s gums and any developing teeth healthy and clean. Furthermore, it’s our job to offer you tips and strategies to help prevent cavities and tooth decay, so we go over those, as well. This is also the opportunity to ask questions or address concerns about your child’s oral health from an expert. Being informed on how to keep your child on a healthy dental track is essential for your child’s holistic health.
Planning for the Next Visit
The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist every six months. Dental examinations are critical to your child’s overall health and can prevent serious medical problems. Schedule your child’s next dental appointment with a trusted clinic like Advanced Indiana. Our booking process is straightforward and easy. Our committed and friendly staff will be ready to help you schedule your child’s next dental visit.
Schedule your Child’s First Dental Exam at Advanced Indiana!
Our team at Advanced Dental Care of Indiana understands your worries as a parent on top of your busy schedule. Requesting an oral examination for you or your child has never been easier! And we make sure the entire experience is a positive one for everyone.
Have questions or concerns about your child’s oral health? Schedule your dentist appointment with us today!