Taking your children to the dentist is a lot more enjoyable for all if their visits are fun. And they will be at Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D. Family Dentistry! As part of our commitment to educating your youngsters about oral hygiene, they can participate in our fun Hands-On Learning Lab. Your child’s first dental visit in Decatur will be fun for them because they will get to do hands-on activities like:Dr. Charles Betts on a child's first visit Read Transcript
On their first dental visit to our office, kids can have a little fun. We have learning lab modules, where they can put on a white lab coat. They can experiment with different cleaning devices for their teeth. They can use a manual toothbrush, a power toothbrush. They can have their teeth painted, and see the plaque on it and where they need to brush and where they're missing. They can learn about the acid on teeth, and how they can control that with their diet and with their plaque removal. I think what's unique about a child's first experience with us is that they can come have a little bit of fun.
- Wear a cool lab coat
- Try out different cleaning devices for their teeth
- Compare electric and manual toothbrushes
- Use a product that lets them see the yucky plaque on their teeth
They’ll be more receptive to receiving treatments like fluoride applications if they learn firsthand how important they are. To visit a Decatur family dentist who makes oral hygiene fun, call 256-274-8680 today.
Schedule Your Child’s First Visit As Soon As Age 2
Dr. Charles Betts recommends bringing your child for their first dental appointment between ages 2 and 4. At that age, they’ll be old enough to sit up in our dental chair and participate in their treatment with Dr. Betts and our friendly hygienists.
It’s a good idea to bring children in when they are well-rested. For many kids, that’s early morning. Our office opens at 7 a.m. on Thursdays and at 8 a.m. on other weekdays. We even offer Friday hours.
In fact, you can bring them in even sooner than age 2 to one of your own appointments. That will help get them accustomed to our office and let them meet our staff.
Your Child Can Receive Laughing Gas If Needed
Getting your child accustomed to the dentist means they’ll be less likely to become nervous during dental procedures. If your child is anxious about any procedure, they can get laughing gas, which is safe for children as well as adults. It takes effect quickly, provides a mild euphoric feeling, and wears off quickly with no lingering grogginess.
To schedule your child’s first dental visit in Decatur, call 256-274-8680 today.