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A Parent’s Guide: Pre-Appointment – First Dentist Visit

This blog post was created in collaboration with Pippin Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana. In it I’ll talk about my pre and post experiences with my son at their office. My opinions are genuine and honest so you can make the best decision about taking your child to the dentist for the first time.

 

Pre-Appointment

Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can be very scary, especially for a first time mom. You’re just not sure what to expect! Axel is 2 years old with about 12 teeth and has never been to the dentist. Honestly I didn’t know (or ask, bad mom) when he should go see a dentist. The eruption of the first baby tooth is the first sign that your child should see their dentist. A dozen teeth later, we’re headed to the dentist!

According to the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) it is recommended that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age. 

 

Preparing for the Dentist:

Familiarize them:

As soon as his first few teeth came in, I introduced him to his first toothbrush. I taught him that every morning and night we should be brushing our teeth. I demonstrated how to work the brush first myself on him, then let him take charge and brush those little choppers on his own. Kids really love getting to feel independent so I found this was the best way to teach him. Definitely get them familiar with a toothbrush and a good routine that works for you guys! It’s best to establish familiarity with the dentist and good dental practices at an early age so they’re able to maintain good habits as they age.

Skip to 0:26 to see our nighttime teeth care routine 🙂

Play Dentist:

I know it sounds a little quirky but think about it, you know what the dentist is going to do with your little one during the appointment. Why not get him ready for what’s to come? Although I’m sure he’s a lot more comfortable with mom looking inside his mouth than a complete stranger. Kids can surprise us sometimes though. Axel is a little young to still even really understand everything that I’m saying, but bring it up a lot more before your appointment. Talk about going to see the Dentist and getting a prize or something afterwards. Hype up the dentist! 🙂

Mom, don’t stress it:

You know they’ll probably cry. You’d cry too. BUT what’s really nice to know about Pippin Dental is that they are kid-focused and family friendly. To me, that’s a HUGE deal especially when taking your child for the first time. Their office is designed around making the kiddos feel welcome when letting the pros take care of their teeth. Working moms: don’t stress! Don’t have time to take your little one during the week? Pippin Dental has flexible weekend hours too and appointments available as early as today, LIFE SAVER!

I’m going to continue our morning and nighttime routine with brushing his teeth and watching his sugar intake, (terrified of him getting cavities) and update you all POST appointment in another blog post. Feel free to follow along on my Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/splitwhit/ on my stories for live reviews during our visit!


FAQ’s about Pippin Dental

Do they accept Medicaid?

Accepts Medicaid and most insurances

Can I book an appointment online?

Yes! Pippin offers easy online booking to their clients for convenience.

To book an appointment click here: https://bit.ly/2DvJqDd

This is just another milestone for my little bud, trying to hold back the mom tears!

Thanks for reading.


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