The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday. Regular checkups allow your dentist to monitor your child's oral development, check for cavities, and spot signs of other issues that may affect your child's smile.
However, dental visits can be scary for at least some children. Don't worry; here are a few ways to make regular dental visits more fun for your child.
When seeking a dentist for your child, it's important to find one who is patient, understanding, and willing to work with your child. Children have different needs than adults, and a dentist who is willing to take the time to explain things to them can help ease any anxiety your child may feel. Ask friends, neighbors, and colleagues for recommendations. Consider the dentist's personality, the office environment, and the dental office's hours. Remember, you're choosing this person to take care of your child's smile.
Explain the dentist and dental office to your child. Try to make the experience as non-threatening as possible. Tell your child about the procedures that the dentist will perform, including cleanings, X-rays, and fluoride treatments.
The first time your child visits the dentist, the dentist will probably give your child cleaning and exam.
Preventing your child from developing cavities in the future requires much more than protecting their teeth with fluoride. Children often follow their parents' behavior, especially when it comes to healthcare. If you dread going to the dentist, your child will probably follow suit. As such, it's important to show your child that you're not afraid of the dentist.
There are many ways to make your child's dental appointment a fun experience.
When explaining to your child what will happen during their appointment, be as honest as possible. If they're old enough to understand, let them know about things like sounds and smells that might be unpleasant. If the dentist will need to take x-rays, explain to your child that they won't hurt. Explain that the dentist is just trying to look at the inside of their teeth.
Kids are curious and want to know what's happening. But too much information can overwhelm them. Limit what your child hears. Explain the dentist's role in the treatment plan, but use simple terms. For example, say, "Dr. Smith will polish your teeth to make them shiny." Or, "Dr. Smith will clean your teeth."
Schedule an appointment with Modesto Kidz Dental to make sure your child is in optimal dental health. We are at Bldg B, 2801 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA 95355. Contact us at (209) 578-3131 or visit our website for more information.