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.
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.
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.Leave a reply →