The First Dental Visit
Billings Pediatric Dentistry
Children should have their first dentist appointment before their first
birthday. During your child’s first meeting with their dentist,
we will review their medical information and examine their gums and emerging teeth.
Setting the Course for a Healthy Smile
Many problems that require people to get braces and orthodontic treatment
are the result of bad habits that begin in infancy. Sucking on fingers
or a pacifier for too long, for example, can distort the jaw and cause
teeth to grow out of place. A major benefit of having your child visit
the dentist at a young age is that we can assess current gum tissue health
and offer advice for what you can do to prevent dental problems.
If your child is a little older when visiting the dentist for the first
time, or have been to the dentist but cannot remember what it was like,
there are a few things you can do to make the experience less intimidating:
- Explain what a dentist is and why it’s important to visit one.
- Tell them that the dentist is nice and will be happy to answer their questions
(we will be!).
- Don’t use the words needle, shot, drill, pull, or hurt.
- If your child has already heard rumors about the dentist, tell them that
you have gone several times and had good experiences.
- We ask parents to stay with their children during the visit so they can
have a safe, familiar presence nearby.
The entire staff at Brewer Dental Center is committed to giving your child
a positive dental experience. From the moment you arrive at our office,
our friendly and courteous team will be working to make sure your child
knows we’re here to help.
We offer free consultations and same-day appointments. Call (406) 412-6365
and come see us today!