Dental Tips Blog

Nov
30

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

It might be hard to say who’s more nervous about your child’s first dental appointment: your child or yourself!

You know that a healthy smile is important to your child’s happiness and wellbeing. Dental care is very important; but if the first experience in a dental office goes wrong, your child could end up avoiding dental treatment for years. This would later cause problems for your child such as financial trouble, pain, lowered confidence, and other health issues.

That being said, how do you get things started off on the right foot?

Use Positive Speech

Kids are likely to base their view of the dentist upon what they hear you say about it. Discuss dental care in a positive tone. Replace negative-sounding phrases like “it won’t hurt” (child will only hear the word “hurt”) with things like “the dentist will count your teeth.”

Make It Fun

Use books, games, cartoons, toys, and songs that deal with tooth topics to give your child an idea of what to expect and help them look forward to experiencing the dental office for themselves. Set up fun “practice” appointments at home. A toothbrush and a flashlight are all you need to play dentist!

Trust The Dental Team

If your child is still anxious, there’s no need for you to be embarrassed or overly concerned. An empathetic and experienced dental team will work with you to help relax your child, engage their curiosity, and make them feel secure.

Investing in your child’s dental health is like investing in their college fund. A better future starts today. Make the first dental visit a positive one to pave the way to a beautiful smile for life!

Posted on behalf of:
Family First Dental
419 N Yelm St
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-1000

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