A child’s first visit to Zionsville Pediatric Dentistry is important for several reasons. Maybe this is their first ever dental visit, they have a specialized dental need or even if they may have had an unpleasant experience somewhere else, we are here to address your child’s needs. You can take comfort in knowing that our team will treat each patient individually with the utmost care.
It can be helpful to understand what will happen at a visit to the dentist. All emergency problems will be the first to be addressed. If your child is in pain, we will do everything possible to alleviate or eliminate their discomfort. If there are no specific problems requiring immediate attention, we will begin a routine dental examination.
These exams include close inspection of your child’s mouth (including their lips, cheeks, tongue, floor of mouth, tonsil area as well as hard and soft palate). We also check the growth and development of the head, teeth and gums. Your child will receive a thorough cleaning and topical fluoride treatment, and X-rays will be administered as needed. We will also evaluate any habits such as thumb-sucking or lip biting that may hinder or harm the development of teeth. After we have completed our initial examination, we sit down with parents to discuss the results and make recommendations about any follow up treatment that may be required.
We work hard to try and make your child’s first visit with us as easy and enjoyable as possible! It is our goal to dispel any fears or anxiety and leave them looking forward to their next visit to Zionsville Pediatric Dentistry.
What to Tell Your Child Before Their First Visit
Depending on your child’s age and previous dental experience, we suggest you discuss with your child what to expect during their first visit to ZPD.
You can explain to your child that the dentist and her friends have a job helping people with their smiles. Describe that the dentist will look into your child’s mouth, count their teeth and clean them with a special, tickling toothbrush and might take some pictures of their teeth and mouth. We find that it’s best not to tell children that their visit to the dentist won’t hurt, because that thought may have not occurred to them at all. Instead, you can assure your child that the dentist will be very gentle and will take good care of them.
What to expect during your first visit...
Zionsville Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Melissa McHenry DDS, MSD
55 Brendon Way, Suite 500 - Zionsville, IN 46077