Preparing your child for their first visit to the dentist

Planning for a child’s first dental visit is extremely important and all care must be taken to ensure that this major event is made as enjoyable and positive for the child as it the first visit would be extremely impressionable upon the kid and would set course for his or her future visits to dentists as well as other doctors. Below mentioned are some great tips which would help you in preparing your child for their first visit to a dentist.

If the child has older siblings, you can help them get acquainted with the dentist’s chamber and its environment by taking them too during the elder sibling’s dental appointment. This would help them to know their environment better, putting them at ease. They would also learn proper behaviour by observing the actions of other kids and people around them. It also allows the child to know and recognize the hygienists and dentists working in the clinic, so that he or she can relax during their turn in the clinic. Also, during the first appointment, there is vital paperwork to be filled out, so you can ask your dentist to email or mail you the paperwork in advance so that during the visit you are able to focus on your child instead of focusing on the paperwork.

The first visit to the dentist usually involves discussions about techniques and methods to care about your child mouth as well as on the use of fluoride. The dentist will also talk about problematic habits such as biting nails or inserting fingers in the mouth. He or she will take a closer look at the child’s gums and find out problems in the child’s gum and teeth if any. He or she will also lay out a schedule for the future dental visits of the child. To explain good dental habits to the child, the dentist may also make use of picture books and illustrated charts or models. He or she may also employ the use of interactive media to make them understand the need for proper dental and oral care for a healthy oral lifestyle.

It is also extremely important to choose the right dentist as the child’s experience for all his or her future would depend upon the interactions with this dentist. It is preferred to choose a dentist who specializes in children, that is, a paediatric dentist, as these doctors have more experience dealing with kids and can provide the level of care and empathy normal dentists cannot provide.

Another important factor post the first visit to the dentist is to make sure the child follows the dental habits taught to him or her. In this stage, it is very vital that you practise these dental and oral habits as the child would generally consider you as your role model and will try to emulate what you do and practising proper habits can make sure he or she learns the same too.  

NC pediatric dentistry specializes in providing the best dental care to kids of all age groups. Their caring staff goes the extra mile to ensure that young kiddos get the best dental experience which is interactive yet informative.