Dental Tips Blog

Nov
26

Your Child’s First Dental Visit – How to Prepare and What to Expect

If your child is schedule to have his or her first dental checkup, then you may be just as anxious as they are. Here’s what to look forward to:

How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

If you’re nervous, avoid letting your child pick up on it. Try to stay calm so that you can convince your child that the visit is something to look forward to.

Read children’s books that feature dental subjects and trips to the dentist to prepare your child. Watch fun cartoons on dental health. Have “practice” sessions at home in which you praise your child for letting you look into their mouth with a flashlight, much like a dentist will do.

Whenever you discuss dental appointments around your child, keep your tone positive so that they can look forward to their own visit.

What Happens at a Child’s First Dental Visit

The first appointment is meant to be entertaining, relaxed, and educational. Your child may be allowed to play with buttons on the chairside sink, spray water or air from a handpiece, and practice brushing on a set of model teeth.

Kids don’t usually need dental work right away. The first visit focuses on just getting them comfortable in the dental chair and familiar with the dentist, plus give you the tools necessary to avoid unwanted cavities!

When you bring your young child to his or her first trip to the dental office, you’ll have the chance to learn a lot about kids’ dental health. The dental team will explain the best way to brush your child’s teeth and what you can do to prevent decay.

Ready to schedule your son or daughter’s first dental checkup? Call a family dentist near you for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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