At Drs. Yung & Jelinek, our friendly dental team welcomes patients of all ages, including children as young as 3. In fact, your child’s first dental visit in Warrenton may be the most important one they’ll ever have! Favorable experiences in childhood help create a lifelong positive association with the dentist. Your child will enjoy seeing us, thanks to:Doctor Jim Jelinek on a Child's First Visit to the Dentist Read Transcript
During a child's first dental visit, the parent can experience with their child. The child will come in, the staff, actually our clinical staff, the assistants are the ones that do the kids. They bring them in first. I come in and do the exam later on, but kind of show them around a little bit, show them what the chair is. Some kids, if you throw them in a chair right away, they're like, “What's going on here?” so we don't do that. We just kind of introduce them, show them around the room a little bit, get them in the chair, just introduce things to them in their own language, like the suction that we use to suck out their mouth, we'll call it Mr. Thirsty, things like that, just kind of put it on their level.
We don't force anything on anybody. That's the last thing you want to do because you don't want to give somebody a bad experience. Again, what I mentioned before is that we try to get, if it's a parent that's in the practice and they've had a child, and we try and get them to bring them in with them to let them just see that this is just not a threatening environment at all. It's always, with kids, it's always a tell-show-do type of thing. You tell them what you're going to do, you show them—for instance, when we're going to polish their teeth, we'll tell them, “Okay, what we're going to do is we're going to rub this little rubber cup around on your tooth, and here's what it's going to feel like.” You just put it on their thumb and you just rub it on their thumb and they’re, “Okay, that's not so bad.” Then, you do it. That's how that works with kids.
- Our kid-friendly dentists and staff
- A special children’s area in our waiting room, complete with kids’ books and toys
- A prize at the end of every visit
To make your child’s first dental appointment, call 540-253-1377.
We Make Dental Introductions Easy So Your Kids Like Going to the Dentist
The first dentist visit for a toddler is mostly an opportunity for the child to get to know our dentists and for you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. As your child gets older, we’ll:
- Introduce family dentistry services like dental sealants and fluoride applications to help prevent cavities and keep their teeth healthy
- Pay special attention to the alignment of your child’s teeth.
To make their first visits especially easy, we suggest you bring your children along with you when you come for your regular dental cleanings. Our caring dental assistants are happy to explain what is happening during your visit. They don’t mind answering all your children’s questions – even the creative ones! This way, your kids already know and like us when they come in for their own appointments.
To schedule your child’s first dental visit in Warrenton, call 540-253-1377. You can also schedule an appointment online. Our office is located at 60 Rock Pointe Lane, just one block up from Piedmont Pediatrics.