Your Child’s First Visit

Your child’s first dental visit should and can be fun!

It is a good idea to acclimate your infant to dental care by wiping his or her gums with a clean, wet cloth after feeding. By the age of two, all of an infant’s teeth are usually visible. Parents should continue cleaning teeth with a clean wash cloth or gauze pad.

At Dr. Openshaw’s office we usually start with a “chair ride” this can be done as early as one year old.

When your child is about 1000 days old (3 months before their 3rd birthday), generate excitement about how they will soon have their 3rd birthday and they get to go to the dentist on their birthday. This child will then associate the visit to the dentist as a special treat just like their birthday. So plan to schedule a “meet the dentist visit” on their birthday with Mom and Dad! The first visit is a fun adventure where the child rides in the chair, has his teeth counted, and has his teeth polished.

One of our prime objectives is to make your child a good dental patient who will be able to accept routine dental treatment. This process must begin at home prior to the first visit. Listed are some suggestions to guide you.

Suggestions for Parents

  1. Dental visits are part of growing up. Please do not indicate in any way that there is anything to fear.
  2. At subsequent visits you might not tell your child about the visit until the day of the visit as you should be making the point that they are no big deal and not even worth mentioning.
  3. If your child requires more information, you can explain that the doctor will look at his teeth to make sure they are healthy.
  4. Make appointment days easy and try to see that your youngster is well-rested.
  5. Don’t threaten a visit to the dentist as punishment for misbehavior.

Our office is committed to a policy of prevention. Through early visits and treatments, we can prevent dental decay and infections. Orthodontic problems can also benefit by early recognition and treatment.

Your child, with your cooperation, can become an excellent dental patient with a healthy  mouth and a pretty smile. We can’t wait to see your precious little ones!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us! It’s an important decision! (209) 524-4763

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