Plenty of parents struggle to finagle their child into the dentist’s chair, but this certainly doesn’t have to be in the cards for you and your little one!
Plan ahead to ensure that your kid is properly prepared for their first dental appointment (which should take place before their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth erupting.)
1. Set The Stage
Regularly discussing (and practicing) good oral health habits is a fabulous first step. Don’t spring this on them, right before their appointment. Ideally, this will be something that they have been exposed to, from infancy.
There are also plenty of entertaining, informative books that center around dental visits, brushing and flossing daily, etc. Check a few out from the library beforehand.
2. Be Honest
Be upfront. Allow them to ask questions. Have an open line of communication! Kids are very intuitive, they will likely be able to tell if you are trying to trick or fool them.
Some kids will breeze through their first appointment, unfazed. Others will be alarmed and agitated by all of the new sounds and sensations. You never know which camp your little one will fall into. It’s best to prepare for the latter, just in case.
4. Ask Your Dentist If They Have Any Suggestions
Any family dentist worth their salt will be accustomed to treating kids. See if they have any suggestions or strategies!