It’s something that parents fear almost as much as children: a trip to the dentist. In fact, the idea that getting your teeth cleaned will invariably prove painful is so ingrained in popular culture that the TV Tropes writes, “Poor dentists. The prevalence of dental fear amongst people of all ages and educational levels leads to dentists being unfairly stereotyped in popular culture as sadistic torturers.”
Fortunately, that’s not the experience you or your children will have at Westend Dental. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality care that remains sensitive to young concerns.
What to Expect on Your Kid’s First Visit to The Dentist
If you’re wondering about using Westend Dental for your whole family, and your child has already been using a pedodontist (that is, a children’s dentist), making the switch from a dentist for kids to an adult dentist shouldn’t prove particularly difficult. Our doctors and hygienists provide much the same service. We understand, though, that any change can be a little stressful.
Tips to Help Your Child (And You) Prepare for the Visit
Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your child has a good experience at Westend Dental. The first is something you probably did from the age of their first dental cleaning: talk to them. Explain that they will be transitioning from their pedodontist to a new dentist. If possible, show them pictures of our doctors, staff, and office to help calm their nerves.
Something else that also helps is to have you child accompany you on one of your dental appointments. Not only do they familiarize themselves with the very health care professionals who will work in their mouths, they will also see that you aren’t afraid. That experience can be the best confidence booster.
How Old Should Your Kid Be?
At what age should your child transition from kids dental care to an adult dentist? Honestly, the answer to that question is largely up to you. There is no set time that your teen has to switch from their pedodontist, and most pedodontists will continue to treat your child until they are age 18. This is really more of a personal or family decision to make once your child is ready. However, Dr. Zander notes, “When children reach the age of 12-14 years old, and they have their permanent teeth in place they are welcome to come seek care with our office.”
Ready for Your Child’s First Trip to The Dentist?
No matter when you bring your child in, know that we at Westend Dental will do everything we can to make the experience a positive one. We offer multiple benefits once your child is ready to make the switch, including convenient after school, evening and weekend hours. Plus, we think you’ll join our many parents who find it easier having their whole family visit the same office. Call to schedule an appointment today and find out about our latest new patient welcome offers!