Child Dentistry | North Raleigh NC
Oral health is important at all stages of life. At Boyles Dental, we see patients of all ages, including young children. Dr. Boyles and his staff are familiar with child dental needs and will work with parents to make their child’s visits as comfortable as possible.
Your child’s first visit
The first “regular” dental visit should occur within 6 months after the first tooth comes in. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.
Here are some first visit tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office.
- Read books with them about going to the dentist.
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
During a child’s first visit the dentist will:
- Examine the mouth, teeth and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- Check to see if the child needs fluoride.
- Teach about cleaning a child’s teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.