It is recommended that children have their first dental visit before their first birthday. Even if your child only has a few or no teeth, it is important to have them seen by a dentist as early as possible. Dentist visits can be challenging for the child and the parent. So, how do you prepare your little one for their first visit? Here are some tips to help ensure your child has an enjoyable first dentist appointment.
Choose the Right Dentist
Try to choose a pediatric dentist or one that specializes in family dentistry. Pediatric dentists are knowledgeable about child development and behavioral management, so they are prepared to treat children. They may put more energy into creating a fun, energetic environment to build trust and help ease fears.
Tour the Dentist Office
If it is allowed, consider touring the dentist’s office before your child’s appointment. This visit allows your child to get familiarized with the sights and sounds of the office. This also gives them time to get to know the staff and play in the waiting room so that they get to have some fun while visiting.
Schedule the Appointment
The timing of your appointment is critical. It is recommended that you schedule the visit when your child is typically in a good mood. Such as after a nap or after a meal. When children are hungry or tired, they are more likely to be fussy and less cooperative, which could negatively impact their appointment.
Before going to the dentist, discuss with your child exactly what will happen at the appointment. Openly talking about the process and why it is necessary can be very beneficial. You may want to talk about your own experience with the dentist to put your child at ease. Going over expectations beforehand will ensure no surprises and make it easier for your child to trust the dentist.
Practice at Home
Before the visit, practice brushing with your child so they are comfortable having a toothbrush in their mouth. You can even play dentist with a teddy bear or doll to mimic what the dentist will do. Helping kids understand that there is nothing to be afraid of makes the visit less intimidating.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, your dentist in Annapolis is here to serve! Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!