Vital Smiles Georgia wants to ensure that your kids have positive experiences with oral hygiene and dental visits. As a parent, you play an important role in how your kids react to dental exams. Below you will find a few helpful tips to prepare them for their first dental visit:
- Try scheduling during times of the day when they are most rested.
- Reassure them if they are anxious.
- Use fun, kid-friendly words to describe what will happen during the visit. (We have created a dictionary of kid-friendly terms that we use in our office. See below.*)
Once you and your kid arrive at the Vital Smiles Georgia office, your kid will enjoy fun activities while you complete any necessary forms. The kid’s dental hygienist will greet you and your kid before taking him or her to have their teeth cleaned.
We will thoroughly and patiently walk your kid through each step as it happens. You can even watch the dental cleaning from the observation area.
After the cleaning and exam, our expert team members will speak with you regarding your kid’s oral health. The dentist will answer any questions you may have about dental hygiene or any issues your kid has been experiencing. We will also let you know if any follow up procedures are recommended, either immediately that day or in the future.
*Vital Smiles Dictionary of Kid-Friendly Dental Terms
- Bubbles or jelly: a fluoride treatment we apply during a pediatric teeth cleaning. This helps strengthen your kid’s teeth.
- Electronic toothbrush: a motorized prophy brush used to clean your child’s teeth during check-ups
- Mr. Bumpy: a slow-speed tool that helps remove decayed material from your kid’s teeth and helps to prepare teeth for fillings
- Mr. Thirsty: a suction straw used during cleanings and procedures to suck up excess liquid in the mouth
- Prince Crown or Princess Crown: a chrome or porcelain crown sometimes used in dental restorations
- Silver Star: a silver filling, made from an amalgam of restoration material
- Sleepy Juice: the anesthesia used for numbing the teeth and gums during procedures
- Sugar bug: cavities, or dental caries, in teeth
- Tooth camera: the radiography equipment used to take X-rays of your kid’s teeth
- Tooth counter: the dental explorer used to examine teeth
- Water Whistle: a high-speed tool that helps to remove decayed material from your kid’s teeth