The first dental visit–a walkthrough

According to dental hygienist Melissa Schluer from Pleasant Valley, here’s what you can tell your kids to expect at their first dental visit:


  • The hygienist will come out to the waiting room and call your name.
  • Follow her to the room where you will see her chair and have a bib put on.
  • She will wear a mask and gloves.
  • She might take an x-ray. (Some offices take x-rays at any age. I often wait until I know the patient is mature enough to handle them. But sometimes if I see a questionable tooth, I recommend an x-ray. Don’t be too afraid of dental x-rays. They require minimal radiation these days, especially if the office you go to is digital.)
  • She will use a bright light to see your teeth.
  • She will count your teeth with a tooth explorer.
  • She will tickle your teeth with either a toothbrush or a cool electric toothbrush that buzzes!
  • You will get to rinse and spit in a little bowl!
  • The doctor will come in and look at your teeth as well.
  • You will get a brand new toothbrush!