One of the most important things you can do for your child is to help instill a good impression when it comes to dental care. Many children are afraid of the dentist due to unknowns, or scary stories that they hear from other people. Starting their oral health care on the right path at an early age can help them have healthier smiles, keep their teeth longer, and even develop a love for going to the dentist!
To do that, here are 3 tips on helping your child enjoy their time at the dental office:
Let the dental team do the talking.
Unfortunately sometimes parents may not think about using words like “shot” or “hurt,” but it happens a lot. Your dental team is trained on exact language to use that eases child apprehension and helps them cooperate with simple procedures like X-rays or cleanings. Even though you say “it’s not going to hurt,” the child may expect discomfort that is just short of pain, when in fact no discomfort will happen at all.
Bring them early.
Pediatricians and dentists recommend that children be seen for a dental checkup by their first birthday. Regular dental visits every 6 months help your child become familiar with the dental office, and make it a routine part of life. Waiting until your child has a toothache may mean their first visit or two involves discomfort and isn’t great for making long-term memories.
Keep the appointment at the beginning of the day.
For younger children that still require naps or frequent snacks, interrupting those times with a dental visit may spark some cranky behavior. Children are often well rested first thing in the morning, allowing them to be more alert and have full bellies after breakfast.
Has your child seen the dentist yet? Schedule their check-up now, for a better chance at a healthy smile.
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