Never fear, the dentist is here not to hurt you, but to protect you! If your little one is about to have their first dental visit, you may be worried about how they will react. While there is nothing to be worried about, it is good you care enough to make sure they feel comfortable and secure.
Your dentist wants your child to like the dentist just as much as you do, and making sure the first trip goes well will put you on the path to success for the future. Typically a child needs to go to the dentist about six months after their first tooth erupts, so children tend to be between one and two when they first come to visit.
Here are a few simple things you can do to relieve anxiety for your child:
Act normal. Nothing will upset your child more than you being upset. Act natural. I know it sounds easier said than done, but if you can try to act like there is nothing to worry about, you child won’t worry. Plus, there is nothing to worry about.
Brush with you child. While you should be doing this anyway, you want to make sure that your child brushes their teeth at home. This will not only keep those teeth clean, but it will make a trip to the dentist feel normal.
Let them watch you. Schedule your dental appointment right before your child’s appointment. This way they can watch you and see what the dentist will be doing. They will also see that everything is okay. Lead by example. All of this will make it easier for them to get their first checkup.
We are excited to introduce your child to good oral hygiene, and we are so happy that you care about your child’s oral health. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Masters Dental!