Having some tips and tricks for a child’s first dentist appointment could make the experience less scary and more enjoyable for the both of you.
First. let your child know what is going to happen. Also, what the dentist’s office is going to look like and sound like. If your child gets easily anxious, ask to come in a little early so they can get used to the sights, smells and sounds. Around the time of a first dentist appointment a child is typically brushing their teeth with a parents assistance so this shouldn’t be too new.
Have each individual introduce themselves to your child, or you can introduce them, it could make them feel more comfortable. Have the dentist and dental hygienist talk through each step of process with your child.
If your child is more comfortable sitting on your lap or holding your hand, that should be no problem and the hygienist and dentist will work around that. If your child is noticeably uncomfortable the dentist or hygienist should stop and talk with your child about what is hurting.
Your child typically gets a neat bag full of fun dental stuff to assist them in having above-par dental hygiene.
Just like adults, a smooth dental appointment starts with good hygiene outside of the dentist’s office. Remember, baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth and need to be taken care of!
If you would like to schedule your children’s first dental appointment, contact us.