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|Kindergarten~First Dental Visit and Hygiene|
A visit to the dental office is an exciting and interesting adventure. You get to see all sorts of neat dental tools(equipment) and learn how to properly brush and floss so you can practice at home.
Your first visit to the dental office is as important as your first words or first steps-it is a milestone-and a starting point for a life time of good dental habits.
Good oral hygiene, proper brushing and flossing, should become a part of the daily routine at home, and professional dental care should begin around age 2. The earlier a child begins his or her dental experience, the more comfortable he/she will become, and the dental team have a better chance to catch or prevent a problem while it is still small. Children these days love going to the dentist, mainly because they have fewer cavities.
Just like a fireman wears a coat, policeman has a uniform, people working at Mc Donalds have uniforms(same clothes for everybody in the restaurant), the people working in a dental office wear special clothes too. The dental team wears glasses, masks, gloves and dental uniforms.
At the dental office, you first meet everybody who is eagerly waiting to meet you. Then you get to ride the dental space chair and get to use some really neat high-tech equipment. Next, they count your teeth for you with a small mouth mirror and a counter. Sometimes they may also take pictures(xrays) of your teeth to check for cavities and to see the growth of your bones and your permanent teeth. Did you know that children have 20 teeth and adults have 32 ? Then they clean your teeth with a special toothbrush that goes round and round and tickles. Your mouth is then rinsed. The last thing that is placed in your mouth is Fluoride in a tray. This tastes pretty good - you usually get to pick the flavor in advance.
Did you know that fluoride makes the outer layer of your teeth very strong so that you don't get cavities?
The last thing that happens during your dental visit is that you get a toy or a prize and sometimes even stickers, while your parent/guardian makes your next appointment for the next exciting and fun visit to the dentist.