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First Visit

Your Child's First Visit to Dental Theory

At Dental Theory, we understand that a child’s first dental visit can be crucial in shaping their lifelong attitude towards oral health care. That’s why our team, led by board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Priyanka Karapasha, is dedicated to creating a positive, fear-free, and fun environment for your child’s initial appointment and every visit thereafter.

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Tips for a Successful First Dental Visit

Stay Positive

Dentistry can be stressful, so we encourage parents to be present during their treatment with us. We at Dental Theory believe parents should be able to come back to their children’s treatment rooms. Staying positive can help your child direct their emotional energy towards the good that comes from the dentist. We can sometimes forget that the dentist often helps prevent discomfort and pain with regular check-ups and early diagnosis.

We want kids to love it here. That’s why we’ve carefully crafted a fear-free and fun environment for your child. They’ll get to choose their movie, toothpaste flavor, new toothbrush, and prizes!

PRACTICE AT HOME

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Choose Your Words Carefully

When discussing the upcoming dental visit with your child, explain that the dentist will look at and count their teeth. Avoid using words like “needle,” “shot,” “drill,” or “pull,” as these may trigger fear or anxiety. Instead, focus on the positive aspects of the visit and motivate your child to do their best. With your support and our team’s expertise, we’ll work together to instill positive oral health habits that will last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions About Your Child's First Visit

During your child’s first visit to our Brandon, FL office, our team will give you and your child a warm welcome and a tour of our kid-friendly office. We will review your child’s medical and dental history, perform a gentle, comprehensive oral examination, and clean your child’s teeth, applying fluoride if necessary. If needed, we may also take digital x-rays.

Yes, absolutely! After the examination, we will discuss our findings with you and provide personalized recommendations for your child’s oral health care. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s dental health and how to maintain it.

The length of your child’s first visit may vary depending on their age, cooperation level, and oral health needs. However, most first visits typically last about an hour. We will take the time necessary to ensure your child feels comfortable and receives the care they need.

Please bring your child’s medical and dental history, including any medications they are currently taking and any allergies they may have. If your child has dental insurance, please bring your insurance card and any necessary forms. You may also want to bring a favorite toy or blanket to help your child feel more comfortable during the visit.

You can help prepare your child for their first dental visit by staying positive and encouraging them to look forward to the experience. Practice role-playing at home, using a chair as a pretend dental chair and a battery-operated toothbrush to simulate the tools used during the visit. When discussing the upcoming appointment, use positive language and avoid words that may trigger fear or anxiety.

Schedule Your Child's First Dental Visit!

Give your child the gift of a positive dental experience. Contact Dental Theory today to schedule your child’s first visit with Dr. Priyanka Karapasha.