Here are 5 helpful tips to make sure your child’s first visit is a success.
Going to the dentist can be a very scary thing, especially for a small child. To make sure your child feels relaxed and comfortable, here are 5 tips.
Tip #1 First Birthday or First Tooth= First Visit:
Depending which comes first, your child’s first visit should be on their first birthday or when their first tooth grows in. Dentists are trained to notice any growth or development issues in the earliest signs.
Tip #2 Choose a Kid-Friendly Dental Office:
Choosing a dental office that specializes in pediatric dentistry or does well with children to help make the visit more relaxed and comfortable for your child.
Tip #3 Talk to Your Child About Teeth:
Teach your child the importance of having healthy teeth and why it’s so important to go the dentist at least twice a year.
Tip #4 Be Positive:
Children tend to look up to their parents or guardians so having a positive attitude when it comes to caring for your teeth will definitely help the child feel comfortable and obligated to take care of theirs.
Tip #5 Practice:
As soon as your child starts teething, purchase a soft-bristled baby toothbrush to exercise the gums. Then as they reach the toddler stage, start using kid-friendly toothpaste to get them into the habit of brushing.
At Desert Ridge Dental, we have professionals who help children learn proper brushing and flossing techniques. We take the time to teach them and you on how to best support these techniques in the home. If your child is ready for their first visit, make an appointment today.