Taking your little one to the dentist for the first time can be a stressful time for both parent and child. Your child doesn’t know what to expect so can be very nervous and scared of the dentist. A lot of dentists recommend you take your little one by the time they reach one, but every child is different. Here are some tips for taking your little one to the dentist for the first time.
Prepare your child for the visit
Although they may be too little to understand, you should try and prepare your child for the visit. Start using the toothbrush at home and let them watch you brushing your teeth. You should take them along to your appointments, so they see what the dentist is doing and get used to being in the environment. Introduce them to the dentist so that they won’t feel like they are a stranger when they see them for the appointment. And as this article reveals, you should try and talk to your child about what will happen at the dentist and build excitement about going there.
Find a good dentist you trust
If you are taking your little one to the dentist to the first time, you need to find a good dentist for them to go to. You need to be able to trust them to check your child’s teeth while keeping them calm. You may want to go to a paediatric dentist who has additional training to deal with children. The whole dentist is likely to be more child-friendly with a play area for your little one to go while you are waiting. Therefore, you should look for your local paediatric dentist to send your little one to.
Take a toy for them to play with
Another tip for taking your little one to the dentist for the first time is to take a toy with them to play with when they get to the dentist. That way, if you have a long wait, they won’t get bored and stressed out in the waiting room. It will distract them when you are being seen by the dentist as well. You can talk to the dentist about any issues while your child plays with their toy.
Make a list of any questions you need to ask
You should also prepare a list of questions you need to ask the Dentist about your little one’s teeth. As this article reveals, if you are finding your little one has an issue, you may need to ask them about teething or thumb sucking. You could also ask the dentist for advice about tooth-friendly foods they could be eating.
Reward your child after
Another tip for taking your little one to the dentist for the first time is to make sure you reward them afterward. Buy them a new toy or take them to a play area so that they know they have been good by going to the dentist.
Remember to book in another appointment and put it on the calendar so you stay organised!
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