Did you know that it is recommended that your child visit the dentist for their first appointment by the age of 1? When it comes to dentistry, at Family Care Dental we believe that it is important to start as early as possible, we recommend children visit us once their first tooth has erupted. Children that don’t visit dentists routinely for professional care are much more likely to form dental anxiety or phobias. Today, Family Care Dental is covering 4 tips for avoiding pediatric dental phobias.
Start professional dental care as early as possible.
Making sure that your child visits the dentist from an early age can get them used to visiting the dentist and even help to prevent dental complications early in life. We recommend your little one visits us once they have their first tooth.
Be careful when talking to your child about the dentist.
When it comes to discussing the dentist, don’t mention things that could strike fear in your child. Things such as shots, needles or even drills tend to make children uneasy, we’d rather you focus on talking about why it is important to visit the dentist and how they help keep your smile healthy.
Set appropriate expectations for your child’s first dental appointment.
During your child’s first appointment at the dentist, whining, wiggling and even crying can be common. Instead of immediately stepping in to handle the situation, allow your child’s dentist and team to handle the situation as this can build trust with your child.
Talk to your child about the importance of healthy smiles.
Many children don’t understand why they have to go to the dentist, we recommend explaining to children how important it is to have a healthy smile and what can happen if you don’t properly care for it.
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Interested in scheduling your child’s first appointment at Family Care Dental? Feel free to contact us today, we’re always welcoming new patients into our dental practice and would be happy to get your child onto our schedule for an appointment.