Going to the dentist can be a little stressful as an adult. But try to remember what is was like as a child. It was probably a little scarier as a youngster, being thrust into a situation you weren’t totally sure of. Most children get scared because they do not know what is going on and mom or dad do not know exactly how to help. Here are few tips to help your kids through their first dental visit.
- It’s important to get them used to the dental office exposure at an early age. The best time to bring your child in is when they get their first tooth. Most pediatricians will do a checkup on the mouth, but a dentist has a keener eye when spotting development issues in the jaw and soft palate. But if your baby is older than one, it still isn’t too late. The important part is that they should get used to being in a dental office and learn that there’s nothing to be afraid of.
- Brush their teeth as soon as they get them. We’ve covered this in a previous blog posts, but it’s very important to get them used to brushing their teeth to start developing good habits. This will be handy when they come into the dentist and see the correlation between brushing and how the dentist can help keep their teeth clean and healthy.
- For toddlers make sure they practice brushing their teeth on their own. Make sure to brush their teeth first, then after you finish have them brush their teeth for a bit. I know sometimes it can be tough. Especially at night, when mom and dad are tired and ready for bed. BUT! It will be worth it in the long run when your kids are brushing their own teeth at you can relax sooner, since they’ll be putting themselves to bed. Plus, they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when the dentist gives them a thumbs up for coming in with strong, clean teeth.
- Attitude. Your children will imitate the attitude of their superiors. In this case, they will imitate your attitude. If you come in with a positive, cheerful disposition than chances are so will your children. Make sure you speak highly of the dentist and dispel any notion that make them feel uncomfortable. Perhaps even schedule your appointment first, so they can see how it’s done and make them feel at ease.
- Finally, pick a dentist that makes you feel comfortable. There are many dentists around the area, which means plenty of options. Make sure they have a clean facility, flexible appointment setting, kid-friendly, and of course, experienced staff and doctors. If you would like to make an appointment then fill out our contact form and let us know. We would love to be considered as your dental office of choice.
Follow these steps and your child’s next visit to the dentist will be much easier. Thank you for reading and let us know your thoughts by filling out the contact form or reaching out to us on social media.