A child’s first visit to the dentist usually coincides with their first birthday. A good rule of thumb is that once the first tooth emerges, it’s time to go to the dentist. However, if your child is older than that, it is not too late. It is never too late to start down the oral health highway. No matter when you start taking your kid to the dentist, it can be a daunting experience. Going to the dentist can cause anxiety in adults and the same is true for children. Here are some tips on how to make the trip a little smoother:
Keep a positive attitude
Children are very sensitive to energies and moods that surround them. They also tend to mirror their parents. If you keep a positive outlook, it is more likely that they will, too.
Watch your words
It’s okay to talk to your kids about what to expect, but be mindful of the details you give them. Keeping it simple is usually a good tactic. You can tell them that the dentist is going to check their smile and count their teeth. Avoid telling them that “everything will be fine.” If treatment is needed, they may feel betrayed.
Activities, songs, or books
There are plenty of books about going to the dentist. These may help prepare your child for their visit. If you and your children like to make up songs about things you are going to do, try making one up about your smile. Brushing and flossing can become a fun activity with the right attitude! Getting them comfortable with their mouth and teeth will make them more comfortable with going to the dentist.
Choose the right dentist
Choosing a dentist that you trust and feel comfortable with is very important. To learn more about the history of our practice, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.