Children are wonderful, challenging little humans, but if you’re a first time parent it’s definitely easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges. One of those challenges is preparing your child for their first dental appointment. Not sure where to begin? Here’s a short guide to help you prepare.
When should I schedule?
The first step in preparing for your child’s first experience with pediatric dentistry is actually scheduling the appointment. Most experts recommend children begin seeing a dentist regularly when they turn one. However, it’s also a good idea to start familiarizing your child with the dentist when their first teeth emerge. There’s a little bit of wiggle room for booking a kids first pediatric dentist appointment, but you should stay vigilant.
Talk About Teeth
When your child is learning about body parts, “mouth” is sometimes as far as parents will go. But considering that more than 40% of children have dental cavities before kindergarten, teeth should probably be on the learning list. Talking about teeth and tongues, as well as how important they both are, can help your child develop a much better knowledge of dental health.
While you’re talking about teeth, the subject of brushing them should definitely come up. Your child should understand that brushing their teeth is an important step in getting ready for the day. And on that note, they should begin practicing as soon as possible. Get your child comfortable with a toothbrush in their mouth so when it comes time to visit the dentist, they’ll have at least a little bit of preparation.
Don’t forget: your mindset matters, especially to an impressionable child. Children’s dentistry is nothing for your child to be afraid of and they need to know that. When discussing pediatric dental care, you should be positive and frame the situation in a kid-friendly light. Dentistry for kids doesn’t have to include all of the big, scary terms.
Pediatric dentistry is extremely important for your child, and you should make sure they’re properly prepared for their first visit and every visit after that. These four tips should help tremendously!