Children patients at the dentists
A guide for begginer dentists
If you have a child patient that is coming into your dentist office there is a number of different concerns you need to be aware of. The first dentist appointment can always be a bit difficult on the patient because it involves the work of creating their file as well as a number of procedures that they have never experienced before. Here is a short guide on what to expect as a beginner dentist dealing with a child patient.
Be sure to put the child’s mind at ease: in most cases children patients will come into a dentist office at around the age of one. This can make children extremely fussy and uneasy when it comes to dental care. Putting a child’s mind at ease can help preventing issues like crying or fidgeting which can make work very difficult and make the process very traumatic for the patient. By establishing a relationship with your patient you can help keeping the child at ease through the process.
Talk to the parents: taking care of a child patient and their teeth can be very different than adult oral care. Be sure to talk to the parents about the types of conditions that may be affecting their children, how to prevent accidents with the face and teeth, different milestones in development, how to structure their diet and the links to oral health, the effects of habits like him sucking and the proper use of fluoride in caring for a toddler’s oral health.
Be sure to offer some activities in the waiting room as well as a friendly environment for children in your practice. As you get more experienced working with kids you will begin to understand how to put them at ease during their first consultation.