When a parent takes their child to the dentist for the first time, they are usually almost as nervous as the child because they don’t know what to expect or if their child will behave during their first dental checkup. However, as long as you and your child both know what to expect beforehand, the visit should be much less scary and intimidating. Whether your child only has a couple of front teeth, or a whole mouth full of chompers, here is what you should both expect during the first appointment with Tempe, AZ dentists.

Which Dentist to Choose?

You don’t have to worry about choosing a special dentist when you take your child to the dentist for the first time. Your regular family dentist will probably work out great for your child’s first appointment, just as long as they are friendly with children and know how to calm a worried child. The great thing about taking your child to a Tempe, AZ dentist is that you will feel more comfortable and confident in the presence of a dentist that you are familiar with, and this confidence will probably rub off on your child as well. Just as long as you choose friendly and kind Tempe dentists, your child’s first dental appointment be that much better.

What Will Happen During the First Appointment?

When you take your child to the dentist for the first time, they will do everything they can to keep your child from feeling any pain. The dentist will likely check your child’s bite and take a good look at the condition of his or her teeth and gums. If your child is especially nervous, your dentist may have you hold them to try and calm them down and give them some comfort. In some cases, children are calmer around Tempe dentists if the parent is not in the room. You and your dentist can discuss your concerns and figure out which option will be best for your child.

If your child’s teeth look very dirty, a dental hygienist may perform a simple and quick cleaning, or they may save the cleaning for the next dental visit. If your dentist doesn’t have any other concerns about your child’s teeth then the appointment should be short and simple. Most Tempe dentists take a moment at the end of the appointment to talk to the parents about proper dental hygiene practices for their children, so be prepared to have this helpful discussion before you leave.


If you have any questions about the health of your child’s teeth or gums, make sure you write them down in advance so that you don’t forget to ask the dentist during your child’s first checkup.

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