Preparing for the First Dental Appointment

There are plenty of firsts in both childhood and adulthood. Some of these firsts are very exciting and celebratory, while some can be a little more intimidating. For many children, first dental appointments can be a little nerve wracking, as they are receiving medical care in a new environment from staff members they are not familiar with yet. Many adults may even feel nervous about their first appointment at a new dental practice, as they may not know what to expect, or may be self conscious about any oral issues they are experiencing.

As a family dentistry practice, we see and are equipped to handle both situations! We see new pediatric patients and new adult patients all the time, and are happy to answer any questions they may have to make sure they feel comfortable and welcome in our office. There are a few different ways that you and your family can prepare for your first dental appointments to ensure you (or your child) feel confident and stress free!

First Adult Appointment

By the time we see them, most of our adult patients have been to the dentist before, at least as pediatric patients. Some of our new patients have been to other adult practices, and some of them are making the transition from pediatric to adult dental care for the first time.

There are many preconceived notions about the differences between the pediatric and adult dental care experience. While pediatric dentists have completed additional training in order to work with younger patients, adult dentists are just as friendly and happy to help you on your journey to your best smile. If you choose a family dental practice (like BlueBell Family Dentistry), you’ll be receiving care from staff members who work with pediatric and adult patients every day.

First Pediatric Appointment

Preparing your child for their first ever dental appointment can be a little bit more challenging, as young children are also very apprehensive of new experiences like this, and it can be harder for them to recognize the value of orthodontic care. However, there are some things that parents can do to ease the child’s stress and help them feel more comfortable and ready for this new experience.

Our best advice to parents is to lead by example. We suggest talking to your child about what dentists do as early as possible. Hearing that their parent regularly goes to the dentist will help ease their mind, and make them feel less alone in the experience. We also suggest that parents help their children with their oral care routine until they have fully developed the habit of thoroughly brushing and flossing every day. Brushing together is a great way to solidify this habit!


To make sure you have all the information you need for a successful and stress-free first visit, please check out our first dental appointment page! This page reviews some of our guidelines and all of the information we will need from you on your first visit in order to offer you proper dental care suited for your needs.