If you’re a parent, you might have your own ideas about how dentistry for kids works. You might think that it’s unnecessary to push children dental care so young. After all, adult teeth don’t begin to come in until around age six, right? Wrong. The truth is that dental habits form young, and pediatric dentist visits is essential if want your child to form good ones.
Forming a bad perception on something when your child is so young can lead to bad practices later in life, like not going to the dentist office when they should. For children dentists might not be the most fun. Who wants a cold metal tool in their mouth? But seeing a pediatric dentist while your child is young and going about it with a positive attitude can do wonders for your child’s future.
To many children dentists can seem malicious or cold. Here are a few tips to help your child overcome those fears:
1. Start Very Young
Take your child to the dentist as soon as you detect signs of their first tooth, or when their first tooth has already erupted. This can help them feel that the dentist is a constant, good thing in their lives and that they have nothing to fear here. It especially helps if the dentist is the same one they’ll be seeing for the foreseeable future.
2. Keep It Simple
Don’t overwhelm your child with too many words or details about what will be happening at the dentist. This can not only confuse them, but it can give them ideas that something bad will occur as well. Keep a positive attitude about the visit, and avoid giving false hopes. If you promise everything will be fine, and then they need a treatment, they can lose trust in you and in the dentist.
3. Pediatric Offices Only
Don’t take your child to your dentist, even if it’s part of a checkup for yourself. Pediatric offices are built for children, they’re not as intimidating as a sterile and professional adult office building. It can be a bad idea to take your child to one of these when they are just forming their first opinions on dentistry.
Hopefully following these tips help your children dentist visits a little more manageable as time progresses. It is important that your child enjoys their visit, and has a good mentality about dental care.