“We’re going to the dentist,” isn’t usually a statement that makes kids very happy. For a lot of children going to a pediatric dentistry can actually be quite scary, especially for the first time. To help both you and your child feel more comfortable, here are 5 tips to help you prepare for that first dentist visit.
1. Start good dental hygiene habits early
It’s never too early to start healthy habits, so making your child’s teeth a priority early on can only help them later. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dentist visit by the time they turn one, so you’ll need to start taking care of your baby’s teeth before then. There are extra soft toothbrushes and safe toothpaste made specifically for infants that are ideal for good dental hygiene.
2. Be excited about going to the dentist
Just like children, many adults feel apprehensive about the dentist. Children can be very perceptive to their parents feelings, so putting aside any negativity you may have about the dentist is very important. Display a positive and excited attitude – it’ll go a long way to helping your child feel comfortable in the new environment at a dentist office!
3. Have a pretend dentist visit at home
Why not make a game of it? Have a pretend dentist visit at home to get your child acquainted with the idea. Take turns playing the dentist and the patient, let them see that there doesn’t have to be anything threatening about their first visit.
4. If your child has a security item, let them bring it
If your child has a favorite toy they just have to bring everywhere, the dentist’s office shouldn’t have to be any different. They need to feel safe and secure, so if a stuffed animal or blanket helps with that then they should bring it with them. Doing everything you can to keep your child calm and relaxed can only help things go smoothly!
5. Do the research
You’re reading this blog, so you’re already on the right track! Just like your child, you need to feel comfortable about the first dentist visit. Before the appointment, do some research online or visit our office in advance to help you feel more prepared. Ask us questions and see first-hand how kid-friendly the office is so that you can help put your child at ease.
Your child’s health is a concern from day one, and proper dental hygiene is a big part of that. You can be prepared by doing the research and finding out what works best for you and your child. As a parent there is always going to be something to worry about – the dentist doesn’t have to be one of them! If you’d like to schedule your child for their first dentist appointment, be sure to get in contact with us and build healthy habits early!