Tips on How to Get Your Child to Their First Appointment

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Even as parents a trip to the dentist doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing. However, it’s important to get your child to the first dental appointment, even if it feels more like a chore than an exciting time. Here are some ways you can make it a bit easier on you and your child.

Preparation Comes Early

Some of the things that a dentist is going to do to check your baby’s teeth are completely unfamiliar to them. Before going to the dentist, you may want to prepare them a bit by mimicking some of the actions yourself and getting them familiarized with them.

Practice Brushing Teeth

Give your child their own little toothbrush with some safe toothpaste and let them go crazy. They may not brush their teeth, but they’ll get used to the idea of what may happen at the dentist and they’ll be practicing safe oral health habits at the same time.

Pick the Right Dentist

The dentist you choose for your child can make all of the difference in the world with how they react. Make sure you choose someone who is caring, friendly, and responsive to you and your baby. They should be gentle and be able to offer specific advice about your child’s individual needs.

Know that the first trip isn’t anything extreme. In fact, most dental offices expect it to be difficult for the child to open up with them and be comfortable. That’s why a big part of the first trip to the dentist is to familiarize the child with the setting.

Our team at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental works hard to ensure the first dental visit for all children is a comfortable one. Call us today to schedule your appointment.