How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

Is it time for your little one’s first trip to the dentist?

It’s recommended that kids visit the dentist after their first birthday, when their baby teeth start to grow in! Although these baby teeth will eventually fall out, it’s important to instill good dental habits from a young age, and ensure that any dental problems are addressed early on. If your child is nervous about their first dental visit (or you are!), here are a few tips on how to prepare them (and you) for their first trip.

How to Prep for Your First Dental Visit:

  • Read them a story. There are plenty of picture books about visiting the dentist — including The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist and The Crocodile and the Dentist. Choose your favorite! These books will help your child become comfortable with the idea of visiting the dentist for their smile health.
  • If you are positive, they’ll be positive! Explain to your little one that the dentist is there to help them grow up to be strong and healthy! Using positive words and staying relaxed will help set the tone for your child’s visit. Although you may not realize it, they can pick up on how you are feeling, too!
  • Treat them after the visit. After a successful dentist trip, treat your child to a trip to the playground or with another activity that they enjoy! This reward system will help them associate positive experiences with trips to the dentist, leading to successful dental visits in the future.

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