When you’re ready to bring your child in for her first dental appointment, you might be just as nervous as she is. Will she be afraid, and will the doctor help her through it? Will the staff understand first-visit jitters? Will the doctor explain everything to you, as well? At Seven Lakes Dental, you can rest easy.
What will happen at my child’s first appointment?
At a child’s first appointment, we might not even look in their mouth. For a 3, 4, or 5-year-old, a trip to the dentist is about getting familiar with their dentist, sitting in the chair, and interacting with the equipment they’ll see regularly throughout their childhood and adolescence. The team at Seven Lakes Dental lets kids have the opportunity to give themselves a sip of water with the water hose and to see, hear and feel “Mr Tickle” without the fear of what might happen next.
“We want children to have a positive experience every time they visit our office. ” — Dr. Steven Thomas.
How will I be involved?
At a very young age, dentistry for kids is as much about educating the parent as it is about educating the child. Once we’ve gained your child’s trust and gotten them to open up, we’ll talk with you about what we see and what it means. We want to help you take an active role in your child’s dental care.
Of course we teach your 5 or 6 year old how to brush their teeth and why oral health is important, but your involvement is crucial to help build healthy dental habits that will last your child a lifetime. The Seven Lakes Dental is here to help equip you for that task.
What do I do as my child grows up?
As children grow into pre-teens and teenagers, our conversation with them changes – it becomes much more blunt. Your child’s priorities may shift, but we’re there to explain what may happen when looking cool comes before wearing that protective mouthguard during football practice, or when texting with friends requires more effort than flossing.
If you need a kids dentist in Smokey Point, WA, Seven Lakes Dental is ready to be your ally in all stages of your child’s growth.