Your child’s first tooth is about to appear and you’re considering whether a visit to the dentist is necessary. As soon as your kid’s first tooth appears from underneath the gum line, it is recommended that you take your child to the dentist.
It is essential that your child’s mouth stays healthy from when they’re a toddler. Did you know that tooth decay is more common in children and adolescents? This should really encourage you as a parent to visit the dentist early. This will help your child develop good oral health habits and understand the value of healthy teeth.
Five Preparation Tips
Sometimes, it can be difficult to prepare your child for the dentist. Before their appointment, read these five preparation tips:
- Educate Them On Oral Health – Educating your child on oral health and why looking after teeth is so important is a good first step to prepare them. When educating them, ensure that you speak to them in a language that they understand. Use positive phrases to explain what it means to visit the dentist for healthy teeth.
- Be A Role Model – Children always tend to follow behind their peers. A great way is to show your child brushing teeth as part of your daily routine. Not only this, make them aware of what happens at the dentist but ensure it is in positive language. Do not use terms such as forceps, machine or surgery. You may also want to consider role-play of a playing the dentist at home so they’re familiar on what to expect.
- Choose A Comfortable Appointment Time – The best time for an appointment is when children are active. Do not choose a time where they’re tired as they could complain, become uncomfortable or throw a tantrum. Choose an appointment time in the morning. If one is not available at a “happy” time, choose a day that has a suitable time.
- Keep Calm and Relaxed – When a child is told something they may not be familiar with, they become anxious and upset. This is something you should expect from time to time. The responses you provide to your child will act as a guide. Therefore, stay calm and relaxed at all times. You can also remind them that as a parent, you will be by their side at all times.
- Request Support From Your Local Dentist – The dentist should be aware if there are any concerns with your child before their appointment. This may include any decay or enamel concerns. The dentist can ensure that the environment is child-like to ensure it’s comfortable and relaxing during their appointment.
Dental practices have their own ways of adopting a happy and relaxing environment for children when they step into the dental chair. Your local dentist will be more than happy to share further advice on preparing your child for the dentist.
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