Your child’s first dental appointment should be within six months of her first tooth, and if possible before her first birthday. After that she should see the dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Starting your child off early with dental appointments will help her to get used to seeing the dentist, and take some of the fear and mystique out of appointment.
In the same vein, don’t just take your child to the dentist for a toothache or other dental emergency. You don’t want her associating the dentist with pain or trauma. You should also never tell that a trip to the dentist “won’t hurt.” Instead, tell her that the dentist will clean her teeth and give her a beautiful smile.
If your child is nervous about her upcoming dental visit, talk with her about how she is feeling, and maybe read books or watch videos about seeing the dentist. You might even ask the office is you and your child can visit the office before the appointment so she can meet the dentist and staff, and see the exam room. If she is still nervous on the big day, have her bring a favorite blanket or toy with her to help ease her fears. You may even be able to stay in the exam room with your child, it will help her relax.
If it is time for your child’s first dental appointment, or if you are looking for a family dentist, Dr. Justin J Deutsch would love to meet you. If you live in the Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania area and would like to make an appointment at Dental Arts Of Drexel Hill, call (610) 449-1513 today.