As a new parent, you’re probably already familiar with visits to your pediatrician for your son or daughter. However, it’s just as important in your child’s first year to begin thinking about their dental health in addition to their overall physical health.
Not sure where to start or what to expect? Here are a few tips for you to consider in regards to your child’s first dentist appointment.
You may be wondering, when should my child first see a dentist? The general rule of thumb is a first visit by a first birthday. Since the number of early childhood cavities has grown, it’s important to start healthy dental hygiene sooner rather than later.
Before you make an appointment, do your research. Ask your friends and family who they use for their child’s dentist, or ask your own dentist for recommendations if they don’t work with children.
It’s also important to know the difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular dentist since a pediatric dentist is likely to have more experience and training — focused on the specific needs of children’s dentistry.
Be sure to introduce your child to the dentist on their first visit. A relaxed meet and greet in the beginning can allow the child to feel more comfortable and for them to build a friendly relationship. This first appointment will likely be quick and casual, and most often you’ll be asked to stay and hold your child while the dentist takes a first look.
Leave your own negative feelings about the dentist behind you. After all, your child has yet to even meet them. Try to keep a positive attitude and make it as fun of an appointment as possible.
Taking a child to the dentist can be a tiring, embarrassing, and frustrating experience. At AC Pediatric Dentistry, we understand this, and that’s why we want to make the experience pleasant and fun for children. Call us today or request an appointment online.