Child dental checkup: What to expect
Resources for your child's dental checkup in Atlanta
By Jae Curtis
When you're prepping your child to go back to school, don't forget one of the most important parts of the process: the dental checkup. Heading to the dentist is the perfect way to start the school year off on the right track when it comes to oral hygiene for your child. Whether it's your child's first time, she's generally nervous at the dentist or even if your child is an old pro, know what to expect at the checkup so there are no surprises for you or your little one.
Overall cleaning. Your dentist will start your child's checkup by having a hygienist come and clean her teeth. As long as you've been adamant about dental hygiene, this should be a 20-minute process that involves little discomfort. If your child is nervous, stick close by; many dental offices offer TVs above the chairs to keep children calm and occupied, which can help quell fears of the dentist.
Possible X-rays. If the hygienist notices an issue or if your child has complained of pain, your dentist might order an X-ray to be done of the affected area. X-rays can often be nerve-wracking for small children, especially if you're asked to leave the room. Ask your dentist for a vest to wear if your child refuses to let you out of her sight. Remind your child that if she sits still, the X-ray process lasts only a few seconds.
Consult and check up. After the hygienist has done her job, the dentist will probably come and poke around your child's mouth to make sure there are no other issues. This is the perfect part of the dental checkup to ask questions, look for product recommendations and have your child learn more about oral health. Your dentist will probably also send your child home with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and floss to help her get excited about keeping her teeth clean. That's one more thing checked off the back-to-school list!
If you're looking for a great dentist, check out Atlanta dental offices near you for the perfect fit for you and your child.
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