Your child is going to meet many different milestones as they get older: their first haircut, their first day of school, their first lost tooth. While the loss of a tooth is a good time to teach them about the tooth fairy, it’s also a sign that you need to prepare them for their first dentist visit.
Don’t Wait Too Long
First of all, it’s essential that you don’t wait too long to take them. The first dental appointment can be made in the first six months after the baby is born, even if you aren’t sure if they have teeth yet. That’s because this is the benchmark for the first tooth to erupt. Teething can be immensely painful, and you will want to get advice from your dentist on how you can help your child cope with it. Plus, by establishing good oral health habits, you can teach your child how important it is to take care of their teeth. This also helps them feel more comfortable, and not dread the next dental visit they have.
Take them with You
Another way to help your child get over their fear of the dentist is to take them with you on your next appointment. Start by playing pretend when you’re still at home to help them get used to the idea. Make it into a game and hand them a mirror so they can inspect their own teeth. Show them how to use a toothbrush, too. Again, bringing them with you on your dentist visit can help in more ways than one, since you can introduce them to your dentist that you have been going to for years, even before your kids were born!
Show Them Books
Reading is fundamental, and nowhere is that more important than when it comes to going to the dentist or the doctor. Show them books that can expose them to dentistry in a fun and interesting way. TV show episodes can also give you some valuable teaching moments because it can help get them excited.
Finally, remember to stay positive. Your kids tend to mimic everything you do, say and feel. If you’re excited and thrilled to go to the dentist instead of anxious or scared, then your children will be too!
You Can Trust Olney Dental for All of Your Dental Care Needs
For all of your oral care questions and concerns, Olney Dental has the expertise and professionalism to get them the answers they need. Olney Dental is ready to supply you with expert service in a professional environment. Schedule an appointment online today! For more information on how we can give your family the best dentist experience available, give us a call at (301) 250-1057 or contact us online. For more dental tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.