What To Expect At Your First Dental Visit
Your first dental visit in your (or your child’s) life can be a bit scary. This is due to the portrayal of dentists in the media. One of the reasons people avoid the dentist as much as possible is because of all the myths and misconceptions fed to us by others. The reality is that patients, both adults or children, are being treated in the most gentle and comfortable manner possible.
If you are wondering what to expect at your first dental visit, keep reading to learn more and reduce your anxiety.
First Appointment for Children
Most dentists recommend that a child’s first visit occur when they turn 1 year old, or six months after their first tooth comes in. The first visit tends to be a big experience for both children and their parents. Usually, parents tend to be more worried than the kids.
Children are usually treated and examined by pediatric dentists and not by a regular dentist. Pediatric dentists have additional training, including two years of school focusing on a child’s developing teeth, growth, behavior, and needs.
The visit is usually shorter and may include some cleaning. The child is normally held by their parent while sitting in the dental chair. During the visit, the dentist will try to build a friendly relationship in a non-threatening way.
The exam usually involves checking the child’s existing teeth for damage and decay. This involves looking for anything unusual on their gums, jaw, and oral tissues. A hygienist may clean the child’s teeth if necessary, and educate the parents about any precautionary measures.
First Appointment for Adults
Your first visit to the dentist’s office shouldn’t be something you dread. Keep in mind that a number of people have already been checked in and left the office ahead of you. This visual evidence should relieve your anxiety and make you excited for your first-ever dental care experience.
By now you should understand that dentists want to help you, and make your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Before sitting in the dental chair, you’ll be asked to fill out some forms regarding your medical and dental history. The visit should take only 40 to 60 minutes, and the dentist will discuss everything with you in detail.
After reviewing your dental history a complete oral exam will be performed, including X-rays, to create a profile of your overall health. Depending on what they find, you may require deep cleaning to remove all of the tartar and plaque build-up on tooth surfaces and along your gum-line. The hygienist will consult the X-Rays to look for pockets and gaps between the teeth. Don’t be surprised if they find some sort of problem.
Your teeth will be polished and cleaned to perfection but this isn’t enough. Your dentist will draw a treatment plan for you, and advise you on the precautions. In the end, all your questions will be answered until you’re satisfied.
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