While your child’s primary or “baby” teeth will eventually fall out, they play a crucial role in their overall dental development. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should see a dentist by age 1 or when they get their first tooth. Before you set up an appointment with your children’s dental office, consider these three tips for preparing your child for a trip to the dentist’s office.
1. At-Home Preparation
One of the most important things to do is make your child comfortable with someone else handling their teeth. Dental hygienists suggest that you start brushing your child’s teeth for them at an early age. Once they get the idea, you can let them brush their teeth while you supervise. Children’s books and educational videos are a great way to educate your child on general dentistry practices.
2. Visit the Office
Talk to your dentist and see if you and your child may visit the office before their appointment. Taking a tour of the facility not only gives you the opportunity to show your child the chair and other equipment, but also helps them feel comfortable with their new dentist.
3. Reward Good Behavior
You want your child to feel like they’ve done a great job during their visit, even if they did protest just a little. Promote good oral hygiene habits and make subsequent visits easier by rewarding your child after their appointment. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to buy them another expensive toy. Help get your child excited about their oral hygiene by letting them pick out their own (mom-approved) toothbrush or toothpaste.
Here at Padden Dental, Dr. Eric is devoted to providing your child the best dental care available. Schedule your child’s appointment today.