Going to the dentist for the first time may be a scary thought for your child. With a bit of preparation, you can have them ready and willing to go. Take a look at these tips we’ve come up with to help your child best prepare for their first dental visit at Beach Dental Center.
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If you’re still trying to narrow down dental practices, or if you’ve picked one already, swing your child by the office. They can see the office staff’s smiling faces, the friendly dentist, machines and the chair they’ll sit in. By seeing all of these things first hand, your child will know just what to expect on the big day.
With a plethora of children’s books on the market today, many of them are geared towards going to the dentist for the first time. See if their favorite TV character has a dental book available. Seeing other kids successfully enjoying the dentist will help them become excited about their first visit.
Children pick up on body language in adults such as being nervous or anxious. Stay positive and relaxed even if you are a little on edge about your little one’s first appointment. Avoid any technical words like x-rays or needles, and instead focus on all the positive aspects of getting their teeth cleaned like strong and healthy teeth. If you’re confident and cheerful, it’s likely your child will be too.
Make sure you arrive early so there’s no rushing around or last minute stress. Let your child bring their favorite toy, blanket or stuffed animal along for comfort and extra support.
With the right preparedness, a child’s first trip to the dentist can be a pleasant and fun one! Starting healthy dental habits early on will help encourage lifelong dental health. At Beach Dental Center, we understand that it’s not always easy for kids to visit the dentist. But, with a little preparation and a positive attitude, you can help them be ready for their next big step in life! Contact us today to schedule your child’s first dental visit!