Kids everywhere should know that they shouldn’t be afraid going to the dentist; regular checkups and cleanings are extremely important. And of course, many children get very nervous when it’s time to go. That’s why your child should know exactly what to expect the first time they pay the dentist a visit. So have your kids read this article along with you.
A Dentist is a Doctor for your Teeth
Did you know there is a doctor you is specifically trained to take care of your teeth? That’s what a dentist is. All children should go to the dentist every six months to make sure their teeth are coming in straight and correctly. Two checkups a year are necessary because any problem that should arise are best taken care of right away. North Richland Hills Pediatric Dentistry Association is an excellent resource for this.
The Big Dentist’s Chair
When you go to the dentist you’ll sit in a big chair, which the dentist will move up or down so he or she can be comfortable when cleaning and looking at your teeth. But you need to make sure you’re comfortable, too. If you’re not, tell your dentist so that you’re not moving, trying to get comfy, later on when your teeth are being cleaned.
Cleaning Your Teeth.
The dentist, or a dental hygienist (who is someone that has been trained in how to clean teeth), will clean and possibly floss your teeth. This is easy and painless. First, he or she will scrape plaque (the stuff that sticks to your teeth that can cause cavities) with a special scraping tool. Then he or she will use a special, small toothbrush that spins and cleans your teeth with toothpaste (don’t worry — it’ll taste great!). He or she may floss your teeth. Dental floss is a waxed string that is run between each of your teeth and removes anything that a toothbrush can’t reach. Some people actually enjoy the sensation of flossing!
What are Cavities?
A cavity is part of your tooth that has become a little soft because it has decayed. If the dentist finds a cavity, it will have to be removed and then filled in with a strong material. This won’t hurt because the dentist will first numb the area around your tooth with a very small shot. The shot may hurt a little, but only for a few seconds. Then the soft spot of your tooth will be removed and filled in. That area of your mouth might remain numb for a little while, but you’ll walk away with a strong, healthy tooth!
What are X-Rays?
The dentist will probably take a few pictures of your teeth with a machine that can see your teeth from the outside of your mouth. The picture is called an X-Ray. It doesn’t hurt at all and only takes a few seconds, like a regular picture. The only different is that you will have to bite on a very small, square piece of plastic while the picture is being taken.
Don’t worry. It’s really not bad at all!
Most dentists absolutely try to make everyone’s visit easy and painless. And if you’re having a problem with your teeth, your dentist wants you to come in — because if you’re feeling a little bit of pain now, he or she will want to fix the problem. If the problem is not fixed right away, it might cause you more pain later on.