The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your child’s first visit to the dentist no later than their first birthday. Early checkups let dentists ensure your kid’s oral growth is on track. Taking children to the dentist at an early age shows them how to prepare and become acquainted with their dentist and fear nothing when they grow up.
The first kid’s visit to the dentist can be too exciting for the child and parents. That’s why we recommend you take the following steps to prepare for the visit.
- Be excited about the visit. Researches show that kids tend to copy their parents’ behavior. If you dislike visiting the dentist, your kid will feel the same.
- Explain difficult things in simple terms. Instead of saying “x-rays” or “machines,” try “healthy teeth” or “fun chair.” This allows you to utilize phrases that your child is already familiar with, which can help reassure them about what will happen.
- Take your kid on tour to the dentist’s office before the appointment. This allows your kid to get acquainted with the staff and the office and enjoy the time while playing in the waiting room.
- Bring your kid’s favorite toy with you. Having their furry accompany them during this new experience can help keep them calm and at ease.
- Promise your kid a reward for a well-behaved and successful visit. It will motivate them to be on their best behavior.