• How to Prepare for Your Kid’s First Dental Appointment

    How to Prepare for Your Kid’s First Dental Appointment

    Did you know you should start taking your child to the dentist by the time they turn one? As soon as they have teeth, those teeth need to be well cared for. 

    Your kid’s first dentist appointment will most likely be short with little to no treatment and provides your child the opportunity to become comfortable with the dentist. This gives the dentist and the parents a chance to see how the child will respond to this new environment. 

    Dental visits can be frightening for young children (and even adults!), but with preparation, your child’s first dentist appointment should be a breeze. Learn more about how to prepare for your kid’s first dental appointment, or learn more about our pediatric dentistry services.

    Practice Brushing

    Have your child practice tooth brushing and get them used to having objects like a brush or cleaning tool in their mouth. 

    Take Them To Your Appointment

    It may be helpful for your child to have a familiarity with the dentist, so take them to your dentist appointment if you can. Show them how fun a trip to the dentist can be!

    Talk To Them

    Before their visit, use positive language to talk to your child about what to expect and remind them that their first visit won’t involve any procedures. 

    Bring Comforting Toys

    Feel free to bring along toys and other distractions to comfort your child in the waiting room and the dentist’s chair.

    Stay Calm

    Yes, we’re talking to you Mom or Dad! You may not realize how noticeable your own stress and anxiety is to your child. Stay relaxed and remember that an experienced family dentist will know how to handle any behavior that your child throws their way.

    Plan a Reward

    It’s a good idea to plan a trip to a park or another fun experience for your kid after their first visit to the dentist. Let them know that they have something to look forward to after their appointment. 

    Remember that your child has not had a bad experience with the dentist yet, so it could be a very exciting, not frightening, experience for them!

    At our family dentistry, we make a point of creating a comforting environment to put your child at ease. With over 30 years of experience treating children, our dentists know what to expect and how to make your child’s first visit to the dentist as enjoyable as possible.

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  • Posted by Charlotte Fleet on March 23, 2020, 8:56 pm

    I like that you mention the importance of making sure your child sees going to the dentist as a positive experience and that you use positive language when speaking about the dentist. My husband and I have been trying to help our youngest child prepare for their first appointment. I think to make things easier we should try and find a professional with experience in pediatric dental care.

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  • Posted by Sabrina Addams on April 7, 2020, 2:57 pm

    My husband, our 2 kids, and I just moved to South Jordan, UT for my husband’s new technology job. My youngest child has been having a toothache for a couple of days, so I am needing to find a family dentistry practice. I appreciated your tips to use positive language when talking about the appointment and bring them to your appointment to get them familiar with it first.

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  • Posted by Bob on July 15, 2020, 10:57 pm

    I think you are right to suggest bringing toys as distractions for the kids at the dentist. My kids are a bit squeamish and don’t like getting their teeth checked. I’ll have to find a dentist who is good with kids.

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  • Posted by rachel frampton on September 1, 2020, 12:35 am

    My son has been complaining about a toothache, which is why I’ve decided to start looking for a reputable pediatric dental service around my area. Well, I guess you’re right that it would be best to bring him to the facility first so he’ll be familiarized with the dentist. You’re also right about the importance of bringing his favorite toy because this will help comfort him.

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