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Making Your Little One’s First Dentist Visit a Success!

Making Your Little One’s First Dentist Visit a Success!

It seems like only yesterday your little one was just learning to crawl and walk…and now they have teeth breaking the gums!?! It can happen so quickly! As those first teeth break the surface, it is time to think about their first visit to the dentist. Just like we all have one chance to make a good first impression, we get one shot to introduce the dentist into our child’s life properly. Here are some helpful tips to make their first visit a smashing success.

Make it a Family Affair

Choosing a family dentistry like Edinburg Family Dentistry is a smart first step. By choosing a dentist that can take care of your entire family, you send a positive message to your little one. It can also be helpful to bring them with you to a dentist appointment, so they are familiar with the office and see you in the dentist chair before it is their time.

Don’t Spring It

A classic mistake parents make: Loading the kids into the car and then letting them know they are going to the dentist right now. This, unfortunately, sends a message to the child that their parent is trying to pull a fast one on them! This can cause issues and tantrums, but an easy solution is to let your child know a week or two before their appointment, so they have time to get used to it.

Play Dentist

In the few weeks leading to the appointment, be sure to present the dental visit as something fun as necessary. A fun way to do this is by reading them a kid’s book about visiting the dentist. There are actually plenty of options out there, but the Berenstain Bears book is a popular one. After reading the book together, play dentist with dolls and toys. This helps to demystify what will happen at their first appointment and make sure it is smooth and easy.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.