The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends parents take their kids to the dentist between their first and second birthday when their first tooth begins to erupt. But taking a toddler for their first dental exam can be scary for your child.
They may feel timid around the doctors or nurses or scared about the dental equipment. And as a parent, you may feel hesitant to leave your child alone. But your child’s first dental exam doesn’t have to be a bad experience.
Knowing how to prepare for the first dental visit can take the sting away from a potentially scary experience. Here are some quick tips to help you prepare for your kid’s first dental exam.
Expect Some Nerves From Your Child
As a child, there’s a high likelihood that you, too, were nervous during your first dental exam. It’s important to remain calm and patient with your child, even if they’re getting fussy.
Make an effort to remain calm before and during their exam. Hold their hand or bring along a favorite toy to make the visit less scary for your little one.
You want the best for your child, and so do we. We’ll do our best to make sure that your child has an easy, pain-free experience. But your presence can make a huge impact on your child’s mood.
Depending on their age, you may even choose to talk to them about the visit beforehand. Let them know that while dentists may seem scary, they’re here to help keep you happy and healthy.
Expect Great Info On How To Take Care Of Your Child’s Teeth
Your kid’s first dental exam can benefit more than just your child. You can expect to get all sorts of great info on important milestones in your child’s development.
Learn what to expect during the difficult teething process and get some tips to help make it easier. You’ll also get some great tips on curbing bad habits like avoiding sugary snacks or how you can help your child learn to chew properly.
Most importantly, you’ll get some great tips on how you can promote dental care from an early age. Baby teeth are remarkably fragile, so ask about brushing techniques and toothbrushes.
A Kid’s First Dental Exam Often Includes A Cleaning
Depending on the age of your child, your dentist may suggest a routine cleaning. In fact, it’s pretty common for baby teeth to come in stained or a little less than pearly white.
If the dentist believes that your child may be at risk for cavities, he or she may use fluoride during the cleaning. Don’t worry, this process is entirely safe and secure and no harmful chemicals are used.
Come With Questions
Finally, you’ll likely have some questions at the end of your kid’s first dental exam. Come prepared with a list of questions that you want to ask.
Your dentist will be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Here at PB Smile Studio, we understand that children aren’t always excited to go to the dentist. That’s why we strive to provide a safe, fun environment for kids and parents alike.
Whether you’re looking for help with teething or want some tips on preventing cavities, we can help. Great dental hygiene should start from an early age. Get in touch today and schedule your kid’s first dental exam today.