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How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dentist Appointment

Posted on April 26, 2024

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Your child’s first dentist appointment is a fun experience. These appointments are necessary to help lay the foundation for excellent oral health. Most children are still very young when they head to a children’s dentist. Your child’s first visit should occur after their first tooth and their first birthday at the latest, according to AAO. This article will help you learn how to prepare your child for their first appointment.

Play Dentist

Young children learn a lot through role-playing. Pretend to be the dentist and count your child’s teeth. Use a small mirror to inspect their teeth and teach them to sit still in the chair. You can even use a recliner as a pretend dentist chair. They sell pretend dentist toys at most online marketplaces. This will help your little one learn what to expect when they go to a dentist appointment.

Start Early

Oral health starts when your child is a baby. As they grow older, continue to teach them about the importance of oral health. You can read books and watch fun videos to make brushing your teeth an exciting family activity. Starting early ensures your child will be happy to see the dentist instead of nervous.

Find a Pediatric Dentist

Select a children’s dentist when choosing a dentist. Pediatric dentists are skilled at helping children relax for their appointments. The office walls are usually painted with children-friendly themes, too. Some dentists have special boards a parent can put on their lap instead of the child sitting in a dentist’s chair if they are nervous. Pediatric dentists will go above and beyond to help your child feel comfortable.

Stay Calm

While it’s understandable to be nervous for your child’s first dentist appointment because you’re unsure of how they’ll behave, it’s important to stay calm. This is because your child is less likely to be nervous or anxious themselves if they see that you’re relaxed as well. Your children’s dentist may play soft music, or you may consider letting your child watch one of their favorite shows on your phone or their tablet during the appointment.

If you’re looking for a compassionate and fun children’s dentist for your child’s first dentist appointment, or if you’re looking for a new dentist for your child, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jacaranda Smiles today! We’re available for all your child’s dental needs.

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