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What to Expect at the Dentist's Office

You’ve made your child’s dental appointment and are on your way to helping them have a healthier and happier mouth. Here’s what to expect at your child’s dental visit.

Arrive early and meet the staff

You may need to fill out paperwork.

  • The dentist or dental assistant will review your child’s dental and health history and ask you if you have any concerns.

A Complete Exam

The dentist will carefully examine your child’s teeth, gums, head and neck.

  • The exam will rule out any tooth decay, gum disease or other health issues.
  • The exam may also include X-rays so the dentist can see the whole tooth, including the root.

Time for a Cleaning

The dental hygienist will clean your child’s teeth to remove any deposits.

  • The hygienist will also show you and your child the best way to brush and floss.

The Care Plan

The dentist may suggest a follow-up care plan. The plan may include:

  • Fillings for cavities and fixing any damaged teeth.
  • Sealants to prevent cavities.
  • A fluoride treatment to make tooth enamel stronger.

Ask Questions!

If you have any questions about your child’s treatment, talk to your dentist. It’s the best way to build trust.

Follow-up Appointments

Your child should see the dentist every six months – it’s the best way to help keep your child’s smile healthy.

  • Your dentist will discuss with you any additional treatments your child may need.


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