Did you know that many parents aren’t taking their kids to the dentist early enough?
If you’re past the one year mark, don’t sweat it. However, you should schedule a dentist appointment for your child as soon as possible. Once you schedule the appointment, you need to make sure you prepare your child for the dentist.
Check out this baby’s first dentist appointment guide to learn how to prepare your child for their first dentist visit.
4 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Their First Pediatric Dentist Visit
There are plenty of great children’s books out there about going to the dentist.
A few weeks before the big day, start incorporating these types of books into your child’s bedtime stories. You can also leave the books around the house to encourage your children to look at them on their own.
Here are a few great titles to check out:
My Dentist, My Friend
Elmo Visits the Dentist
The Berenstein Bears Visit the Dentist
Just Going to the Dentist
You can also check out online resources about visiting the dentist. And, if your child’s dentist has a website, you can show them pictures of their future dentist as well as pictures of the office building.
Go for a Dry Run
A lot of children are afraid of the dentist. However, a lot of this fear comes from the unknown more than anything else.
One of the best ways to ease your child’s nerves is to take them on a dry run to the dentist before the actual big day.
Most pediatric dentists are happy to accommodate this request, and will even give your child a tour of the office and allow them to meet their dentist and dental hygienist beforehand.
Once they know that the dentist’s office is a friendly place, they’ll likely be less afraid about the big day.
Use Positive Language
When talking to your child about going to the dentist, you want to make sure that you use positive language. Avoid words like “pain” “hurt” “shot” or “scary” when talking about the dentist’s office.
Instead, make sure your child understands that going to the dentist is a positive experience, as a dentist is there to help keep your teeth clean and strong.
Keep it Simple
When preparing your child for the pediatric dentist, especially for their first visit, make sure to keep things simple. If you’re over-explaining everything, that’s just going to lead to more questions.
All you need to tell your child is that the dentist is going to look at their smile and count their teeth and then you’ll be good to go.
Are You Ready for Baby’s First Dentist Appointment?
Now that you know how to prepare for your baby’s first dentist appointment, it’s time to get one on the books. Before you know it, your child will love going to the dentist.
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