How to Have a Successul Visit to the Pediatric Dentist
Even with baby teeth, it is still important that your child visits the dentist regularly. Pediatric dentistry promotes a healthy mouth both in the office and out! When you take your child for their cleanings and check-ups, not only are you helping them get the care they need, but you are also setting up your child’s future oral care and health habits.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that a child's first visit should be when the first tooth appears in the mouth, no later than age two. Here are some ways to improve the experience for yourself and your child
What to Do Before and During a Visit to the Pediatric Dentist
There are many ways to prepare for your visit. Our doctors are trained to handle any situation and will provide a comfortable and soothing environment for your child. There are things that you as a parent can do to help your child (and the staff) as well.
Play Dentist at Home: Play dentist with your child on a stuffed animal or doll to help your child understand what happens when a patient goes to the dentist and how great patients feel afterward!
Bring Toys or Distractions: By bringing a favorite toy, your child will be less likely to become fixated on anything that may be interpreted as scary.
Stay Relaxed and Happy: Staying calm during the visit will help your child in many ways. With a combination of a friendly and at-ease staff, parent and doctor, your child will be more likely to follow suit, and maybe even have some laughs!
Stay Optimistic and Sympathetic: If your child gets upset during the exam, staying positive will help for future visits. A simple “Good Job!” during the appointment can go a long way. Our staff will help as well to decrease any chances of a child becoming upset or throwing a temper-tantrum.
Our Office Helps Every Step During a Pediatric Dental Visit
Most experts recommend that toddlers see the dentist about every six months, just like adults! Our office will make sure to schedule your child’s second appointment before you leave so that your child is scheduled for the appropriate time to fit your schedule.