How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dentist Visit

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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 allows them to 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 feel at ease.
  • Promise your kid a reward for a well-behaved and successful visit. It will motivate them to be on their best behavior.

Children’s smiles are very precious and deserve gentle care combined with exceptional skills and years of experience. We are committed to being the best pediatric dentists — that’s why our dentistry services are designed with your kid’s specific needs in mind. We would like your children to look forward to trips to our office, that’s why we focus on making their visits positive and enjoyable.

We treat your children as if they were our own, and strive to provide the most caring, quality environment possible to make your child’s dental experience the best it can be. We want our office to be your “dental home” from the time your child is an infant to an adult, so you will always know where to go for all your dental needs.