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Parents Can Help Make the First Dental Visit Great

Dental anxiety keeps millions of people from seeking dental treatment every year, and it affects kids too.

Parents can help their kids develop a positive mindset about the dentist by following a few simple tips:

1. Start Early

As soon as a child has their first tooth, they can benefit from seeing the dentist.

2. Play Pretend

For young children, some imaginative play can help this new experience seem less intimidating. Take turns with them playing the role of the dentist and the patient.

3. Explain to Older Kids

Kids will be more comfortable when they understand the situation, so if they’re old enough, simply explain what dental visits are like and why they’re important for their teeth.

4. Prioritize Dental Hygiene

If kids already understand how brushing and flossing keep their smiles healthy, they are more likely to appreciate what the dentist can do for them.

5. Come Meet the Dentist Ahead of Time

Instead of diving straight into the dental exam and cleaning, schedule a meet-and-greet so that the dentist won’t feel like such a stranger!

6. Be There for Them

The easiest way to make the first few dental appointments less scary is by coming along and being present in the exam room to offer support and encouragement.

We Look Forward to Meeting You and Your Child

Making that first visit a good one for your child is critical. It gets out ahead of potential dental anxiety, builds a foundation for a lifetime of trust in the dentist, and makes prioritizing their dental health much easier. Please bring us any questions you have about your child’s dental care.

We’re excited to help you make the first checkup fun for your child!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.