Dental Procedures: A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

May 12, 2023

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Visiting the dentist can be an intimidating experience for anyone, especially for children (and their parents!). Dental procedures can seem scary and uncomfortable for young ones who don’t know what to expect. As parents, it is our responsibility to prepare our children for their visit to the dentist and help them understand what will happen during the procedure. Here are some tips on what to expect during a child’s visit to the dentist and how parents can help make the experience less stressful.

Preparing for Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Find a Pediatric Dentist

The first step in preparing for a child’s visit to the dentist is to find a reputable dental practice that specializes in pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to work with children and are better equipped to handle their unique needs. 

If you live in the North Ogden, Utah area, you’re in luck. That’s because at Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry in North Ogden, we specialize in treatment for children and are specially trained and equipped to address their needs and help them feel safe, comfortable, and confident. Schedule an appointment today and cross Step One off your list.

Talk About the Dentist

Start by talking to your child about the dentist and what they can expect during their visit. Explain to them that the dentist will look at their teeth, clean them, and check for any cavities or other dental issues. Reassure them that the dentist is there to help keep their teeth healthy and strong.

It’s also a good idea to read books or watch videos with your child about going to the dentist. There are many children’s books and videos that can help familiarize them with the process and alleviate any fears they may have.

Arrive Early For Your Appointment

On the day of the appointment, arrive early to give your child time to get comfortable in the waiting room. It will also help your whole family vibe if there’s no extra stress about getting here on time– and what you want is a relaxed, stress-free attitude for yourself and your child.

Our office has toys or games to keep children entertained while they wait. Let your child know that you’ll be with them throughout the appointment and that they can hold your hand if they feel scared or nervous.

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The Appointment: What To Expect

Many of the dental procedures for a child’s dental visit are the same as what you experience at your routine dental cleanings, just tailored down for children sized mouths and delivered in a child-friendly manner.

The Exam

The dentist or dental hygienist will start by examining your child’s teeth and gums. They may use a small mirror to look inside your child’s mouth and check for any issues. This part of the exam is painless and should only take a few minutes.

The Cleaning

Next, the dentist or hygienist will clean your child’s teeth using a small, rotating brush and special toothpaste. This process can be a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be painful. The hygienist may also floss your child’s teeth and apply a fluoride treatment to help protect their teeth from cavities.

The Discussion

If the dentist finds any cavities or other issues, they will discuss treatment options with you. In some cases, they may need to fill a cavity or extract a tooth. These procedures can sometimes be performed right on the spot, or you might need to make a later appointment to have them done.  Fillings or extractions can seem scary for children, but the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area and ensure that your child is as comfortable as possible.

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After The Appointment

Schedule The Next One

Regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining good oral health in children. The American Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist every six months for routine check-ups and cleanings. These appointments can help catch any dental issues early on and prevent more serious problems from developing.

Relax and Recover

Your child may feel a bit sore or tender in their mouth. You can help alleviate any discomfort by giving them over-the-counter pain medication and encouraging them to rest for the remainder of the day. Your child may also experience some sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, but this should go away after a few days.


You did it!  You knew that even baby teeth are susceptible to decay and other dental issues, and early dental visits can help prevent more serious problems from developing. Even though it seemed intimidating, you followed through on what was best for your child, and they did great in the dentist’s chair.  

Get Started

At Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry, we have the tools, skills, and resources to get your children started with their lifelong dental care. From infant toothpaste and newborn gums to toddler cavities and nutrition, we will discuss all your questions and concerns until you feel comfortable.  As your partners in health, we will take proactive steps to protect your children’s teeth and oral health and give your whole family the tools you need to live a healthy, active life.

Get in touch with us today and we can help you get started with keeping your child in excellent oral health.