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
Watching your new baby grow is thrilling to witness! Not too long after the first smiles and giggles, you can expect the first set of teeth.
What should you know about your baby’s first teeth?
A Precious Set of Pearly Whites
Most babies are born without teeth that you can see. Don’t worry – they should be there! The teeth are simply hidden under the gums. They’ll usually start erupting when your baby is four to seven months old. By the age of three years, all of the baby teeth should be in.
Dealing with Teething
Your child may not be very happy about having new teeth come in!
Babies tend to be fussier and irritable when teeth are erupting. The gums can get itchy and sore from the feeling of teeth cutting through. Your baby may have less of an appetite and not sleep well. Viral symptoms are common.
What can you do to help your little one be more comfortable?
Calm your teething baby by:
DO NOT apply a topical oral anesthetic to your child’s gums unless your dentist or baby’s pediatrician gives you directions for doing so safely.
Keep Your Baby’s Smile Healthy
Even before the first teeth arrive, you should take measures to keep your child’s mouth clean and healthy. Wipe the gums with a clean, soft, moistened cloth after meals. Contact your dentist as soon as your baby’s first teeth arrive. He or she will give your child the best start for a life with a healthy smile!
Posted on behalf of:
Ashley Dinh, DDS, PC
107 E Holly Ave #5
Sterling, VA 20164
Dental offices and parents alike differ in their opinions on when a child should first visit the dentist. By understanding your child’s oral health needs, you can make the best-informed decision for your child.
What is the Recommended Age?
Generally, it is advisable to bring your son or daughter to the dentist by the age of one or by the time their first tooth erupts. Whichever happens first! At either point, your dentist will check to make sure that tooth development is on track.
Lower Cavity Risk
In addition to examining your child’s mouth, the dentist will determine his or her cavity risk by asking you some questions. Environment, diet, habits, and oral hygiene all factor into your child’s cavity risk. Your dentist will help you figure out where adjustments can be made to improve your baby’s chances of having a healthy smile for life.
What Else You’ll Learn
Your dentist will also discuss with you things like:
Benefits of an Early Dental Appointment
You will be so glad that you brought your little son or daughter in for a dental visit! It might not sound worth the effort because most small ones are not very cooperative during a dental appointment.
What good can result?
Find out more information on pediatric dentistry by calling your local dental office.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Your child’s first dental appointment is just around the corner! Every parent wants to know the secret to make this first dental appointment a good one. While we know the dentist office is not a big, bad, and scary place, the unknown is always scary to our children.
Here are some tips to help prepare your child for their first trip to the dentist office.
Tip #1 – Find a great dentist
Whether you chose your family dentist or a pediatric dentist who specializes in dental care for children, just make sure it’s a great fit for your family. You want the office to be warm and inviting. You want the dentist to be comforting and knowledgeable. Ask around, search online, etc. to find the best one for your kids. Having a great dentist will make all the difference in the world at the first appointment!
Tip #2 – Talk a lot about the first appointment
There are several ways you can really talk about the dentist office. First, you could go to the library and check out a book on visiting the dentist. Second, you take your child to the office to see it and meet the staff. Third, tell your child about how you go to the dentist too. The more they know, the better it will be!
Tip #3 – Rewards, rewards, and more rewards
Not that you have to bribe them with things, but rewards always help to give your child something to focus on. If they know that they will get a certain treat after, then you can keep reminding them about it during the visit.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
Taking children to the dentist can be tricky, and this is especially true for a child’s first dental visit. Some children find it hard to sit still at the dentist and may behave disruptively, running around or touching things in the dentist’s office. Alternatively, some children can feel anxious or intimidated in new situations or interacting with strangers and will not immediately warm up to the person in the white coat. Furthermore, sharp-looking, noisy dental instruments can be frightening to children who have been known to throw tantrums or have meltdowns once seated in the dental chair.
If you are a caregiver who is planning to take a youngster to the dentist for the first time, here are some things you can do to ensure that your child gets the best out of his or her treatment and the visit goes as smoothly as possible.
1) Choose a kid-friendly dentist
Some dental practices are more kid-friendly than others. You can call beforehand to find out what amenities the dental practice offers for kids, e.g. kids waiting room/play area, stickers, child-sized dental chairs etc. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist rather than to a general dentist is recommended since pediatric dental facilities provide child-friendly environments, and the dental staff is trained to work with children.
2) Orient the child beforehand
Calmly discuss the upcoming visit with your child. This will satisfy your child’s curiosity and also help them to feel prepared. During a first visit, the dentist will usually do a physical examination, take x-rays, and perhaps do a dental cleaning. Let your child know what will be expected of them. Also, prepare your child to like the dental practitioner by painting the dentist as a nice person who likes children. Build up positive associations in your child’s mind so that dental visits don’t seem scary or even that big of a deal. Some dental practices offer office tours and taking the child on one beforehand is a good way to orient them to the new environment.
3) Communicate with the dentist
Let the dental staff know up front of any allergies your child has, as well as any habits that might affect their oral health e.g. thumb sucking. You should let the dentist know of any concerns you have regarding your child’s ability to receive dental care.
4) Stay with your child
It’s important for parents to stay in the examining room with younger children. This allows you to offer moral support and be a comforting presence for your child. By staying in the examining room, you’re also able to observe the dental staff in action and make sure you are comfortable with the way care is being delivered.
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