Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment
Did you know that a child’s first dentist appointment should be at around 1 year old, or within 6 months of getting their first tooth? Most parents do not realize the importance of getting their baby’s teeth and oral health checked, but it is key to ensuring the proper development of their mouth and teeth. Here is a comprehensive guide to help prepare yourself and your little one for their first visit to the dentist.
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment
If you or your child is apprehensive about going to the dentist for the first time, we can assure you there is nothing to worry about! You can comfort your anxious child by letting them know they will take a ride in a fun chair, get to wear cool sunglasses, and that you will be by their side the entire time!
The dentist will check for any issues, perform X-rays, and give tips on how to keep your child’s mouth clean.
Prepare Yourself and Your Child
We encourage parents to read books with their little ones about going to the dentist, so children can feel more in control knowing what to expect. There are also fantastic, educational videos on youtube that will help you prepare your child to go to the dentist. Check out these videos here and here that are directed at children to make the dentist seem like a fun experience!
- Before your child’s first dental appointment, have your child practice opening their mouth wide. Practice counting their teeth and get them comfortable with the idea of going to a dentist. One of the most important things you can do is avoid telling negative stories or negative personal experiences you have had at the dentist. There’s no reason to cause unneeded fear prior to their first appointment.
Make note of your child’s daily teeth brushing routine and any areas of concern you may have. If you have any questions, bring them to your dental appointment to get some answers and tips going forward.
Make an appointment!
Preparing your child before their first dentist appointment is essential to ensure a smooth appointment. By using these tips you can get your little one really comfortable and confident with the idea of going to the dentist. If it’s time to set up your child’s first dentist appointment then please don’t hesitate to contact us at (403) 252-7711 today!