So it’s time for your child to visit the pediatric dentist’s office for the first time. Typically, it’s recommended that children visit the dentist for the first time after their first tooth comes in. If the child is over a year old and a tooth has not appeared, you should visit the pediatric dentist’s office anyway; they may be able to shed some light on why this milestone has been delayed.
Surprisingly, however, many people don’t take their children to the pediatric dentist’s office when they’re young. About 3% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 have never been to see the dentist. While this may seem shocking, dental care simply isn’t a priority for some people. Others are just anxious about taking their child to the dentist for the first time. That’s why we’re looking into how to prepare you for your child’s first visit to the dentist’s office. Let’s go!
Know Your Dentist
Even if this is your firstborn child, you can still get to know their dentist before taking your child to the office. Have a conversation with the dentist ahead of time before the first appointment, talking over your concerns and ensuring that your dentist knows what you want to get out of the experience. Give them a heads up about issues specific to your child. The more prepared you both are, the easier the process will be.
Prepare Your Child
You should prepare your child for their first dentist’s visit as much as possible. While there are only so many ways that you can prepare a baby, if your child is a bit older you can discuss the experience with them, describing what they should expect. You may want to prepare your baby by regularly brushing their teeth before the visit, getting them used to the experience.
Be Ready for Stress
No matter what, there will almost definitely be a little bit of stress in the experience. Your child will be experiencing something new to them, and it may be difficult for them to deal with the pressure involved. Nonetheless, you can get through it together! Try to be a measured, comforting presence during the process.
First dental appointments can be difficult. But they don’t have to be! Just prepare for the experience carefully.