It’s not common that you find someone who likes going to the dentist, not to mention a child that likes going to the dentist. For children, grown ups coming toward them with sharp tools can seem incredibly scary, and if the proper measures aren’t taken, that fear will stick with them as they grow older. Treasured Teeth made it our passion to create an atmosphere for your child that is fun and comfortable, along with a staff that is welcoming and kind. In this blog, we’ll help you prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist so that you can make sure they’re all smiles.
- Take Them In Young
Your child’s first dental appointment often happens when their first tooth emerges. That is a very young age typically. Their first tooth can come in as soon as six months of age. When your child is that young, there’s not a whole lot that you can do to prepare them for their first visit to the dentist. The best way to get ready for this type of visit is to make sure the dental office you choose is for children. Pediatric dental offices guarantee that your child’s dentist will have experience working exclusively with kids, and often they have tricks and tips on how to make your child’s appointment (and future appointments) pleasant and even fun for them. This is a great way to ensure that your child does not develop a fear of the dentist.
- Don’t Take Your Child To Your Appointments
You might think that taking your child to the dentist is a good way to show them that even mommy or daddy can do it, or that it’s not scary. This is a bad idea. Bringing them along often creates more fear because dental exams for adults are not the same as pediatric dental exams. In addition, the noises, the lights, and all the people can be overwhelming to a young child. Do not overstimulate your child and create an association in their minds between stress and the dentist. Additionally, if you are at all anxious about your dental visit, your child will pick up on that and it will make things worse.
- Prepare For Fussing
When your child is little, like six months for example, fussing is normal and expected. Especially when they’re in a brand new environment with a stranger in close proximity to them, you should expect a little bit of fussing and prepare for it. The best way to prepare yourself for this is to stay calm. This way they will not pick up on your stress, and you’ll be able to better handle their fussing.
- Teach Healthy Habits At Home
As soon as your child’s teeth come in, teach them how to brush. When they’re very young, brush their teeth for them and then gradually build to teaching them how to do it themselves. This will help them create a positive association with dental hygiene, and the dentist appointment will begin to become a fun experience when they are told that they’re doing a great job. Not to mention, they will learn the importance of taking care of their teeth. The sooner they learn how to take care of their teeth, the more likely they will have healthy teeth for a lifetime. When you begin teaching your child how to brush, it is recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and plain water.
Treasured Teeth is unlike any other pediatric dentist. As soon as you and your child walk through the doors, you’ll notice the large pirate ship playhouse. That is indicative of our fun, accommodating atmosphere. We work with you to meet the needs of every individual child, as they are all unique. Call today to schedule an appointment at our Thornton location!