Making Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist a Good Experience
Posted on 7/31/2019 by Hala Badawi
Taking kids to see the dentist can often be a nerve-wracking experience for both the child and the parents. The first visit can often dictate how future visits will be like, so getting it right on the first try is key to future success. Here are some tips we have to get your little one prepped for their first dentist visit.
Bring your child in to the dentist office to meet the staff, dental hygienist and dentist a few days before your appointment. Call ahead to let them know you will be stopping by, and they will be able to make it a positive and fun experience for your child. A lot of dentists who work with children will have some fun things to show off making the office less scary.
Take some time at home to get your child prepared for the visit. Be positive and excited to get them excited as well. Be sure not to mention anything along the lines of shots or possible pain. When brushing their teeth, point out that they are doing a such a great job and the dentist will be happy to see what a good job they have been doing. Give them some talking points and encourage them to share with the dentist. Such as, when they eat their vegetables at dinner, let them know they should tell their dentist when they visit because they will be happy to hear they are eating right for healthy teeth.
If your child has a favorite toy or blanket, be sure to let them bring that along with them. It will relieve some of their anxiety having something favorite and familiar with them while in the dentist chair. Sometimes it is helpful when the parent sits in the dentist chair, and has their child sit in their lap during the visit. This is also a great way to alleviate some of their stress while at the dentist.
It’s important for your child to regularly visit the dentist, so the first visit could impact future visits if not done properly. Call your dentist for more tips and tricks on how to make your child’s first dentist visit a positive experience.