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How to prepare for your dental visit
From Health Plan of San Mateo Dental

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HPSM Dental members: bring both your HPSM ID card and your Medi-Cal BIC card to your dental appointments.

Tips for your child’s first visit to the dentist, from HPSM Dental

Before the appointment 

  • Prepare a list of questions or concerns for the dentist. 
  • Tell your child about the appointment and what to expect. Play games to familiarize your child with the experience. Have them sit in a chair and pretend to be the dentist by counting and brushing their teeth. Then let your child pretend to be the dentist with a stuffed animal or doll. 
  • Read books or watch videos about going to the dentist with their favorite characters.
  • Schedule an appointment at a time your child will be the most comfortable, such as after a nap or after a meal. 
  • Be sure to brush their teeth prior to the appointment.

During the appointment

  • Bring a list of any medications your child is currently taking in order to give a complete medical history.
  • Have your child bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy for comfort