Pediatric Dentistry Services
Oral health is important at every age. Ensure your child has a healthy smile to grow into from the start by taking them to the dentist and practicing good oral hygiene habits at home! To prevent dental problems, it is recommended by the AAPD to have your child’s first dental check-up when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
Tips on preparing your child for the dentist
Taking your child to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking and dreaded experience. A dentist’s office is full of loud noises and strange people. However, with the right steps the visit doesn’t have to be a disaster and can actually be a good growing experience for your child. Here are a few tips to help ease your child into pediatric dentistry.
Before you go:
- Talk to your child about what a pediatric dentist does in a simple manner. You could come up with a fun way to explain the dentist trip.
- If you have any fear of the dentist do not speak of it.
- Do not talk about “shots,” “drills,” or “needles.”
- Discuss any worries with your family dentist, this will not be their first child patient, and they can offer some insight.
- Provide your pediatric dentist with a list of any medications or medical conditions your child may have.
- If your child has a sucking habit (thumb, bottle, etc.) please make sure your family dentist is aware.
- Request to be in the examining room with your child, so as they will not be upset, and comfort them when needed.
- Praise your child for their good behavior; maybe award a prize like a sticker or treat at dinner.
Pediatric dentistry is important part of ensuring your child grows up healthy and happy. Schedule your pediatric dentist appointment today.
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