Once your child’s first tooth comes through it is time to take them to the dentist for their first checkup. In fact, the recommendation is that you do so within 6 months of that happening. Or, before their 1st birthday, whichever event comes first. In my experience, you need to be careful about how you introduce your child to the dentist. They can be scary places, so you will need to prepare them well for that first visit. If you don’t, there is a risk that your child could end up being scared of the dentist. With that in mind, today I’m sharing ideas on preparing your child for their first visit to the dentist. Read on for more.
Preparing your child for their first visit to the dentist
Most dentists, including the Weybridge dental care team, understand that a lot of children get anxious the first time they visit the clinic. That is why they make special arrangements to ensure that their youngest clients are as comfortable as possible. I wrote about one particularly testing visit to the dentist here.
Choose a dentist’s office that is equipped to care for children
Your child will be far happier if they can play in the waiting room. Additionally, they’ll be more comfortable if they are seen by someone who is trained to look after little children. They will know how to keep your child calm and deal with any nerves they may have.
Take them with you when you visit the dentist with your other kids
If possible, take your youngest child with you when you attend appointments for other members of the family. That way they will already be familiar with the clinic. They will be able to see that visits to the dentist are normal and nothing to be afraid of. Plus, if they have older siblings, seeing that they are not scared of the dentist will help them to feel more at ease. I’ve heard good things about Vallance Dental Centre, too
What to do if you are a nervous patient
However, if you are someone who feels a bit nervous about visiting the dentist it may be wise to ask your partner to take them to their first few appointments. If they cannot do it ask another family member. The last thing you want is for your child to end up picking up on your nervousness and feeling scared as a result.
Speak to them about the visit in advance
For a few days before they are due to attend the first appointment, talk to them about the fact that you are taking them somewhere special. Make it sound exciting, something to look forward to.
Letting them watch videos like this one can also help. Seeing other children make their first visit will enable them to work out what to expect and get them excited about the idea of going.
Make a note of anything important you need to ask about
No doubt you will likely have questions about how to take care of your child’s teeth. Particularly if they are your firstborn. Be sure to make a note of them. The chances are you will be a little flustered on the day. Writing them down will make sure you don’t forget anything important and make the most of your time with the dentist.