Ideally, your child’s first visit to the dentist should not be because she has a toothache or a dental trauma. The first dental visit should be within six months of getting her first tooth, and if possible before her first birthday.
If you child has never been to the dentist before, you should bring her into the office prior to her first appointment. Let her meet the dentist and the staff, see the exam room and even sit in the chair. The dentist can explain to her what will happen during her appointment so that her visit won’t seem so mysterious. Don’t tell her that the appointment “won’t hurt”, and don’t use the threat of a dental visit as a punishment or a deterrent. Instead, explain to her that the dentist is someone who will clean her teeth and give her a healthy smile. You can also take a trip to the library to check out books and videos about visiting the dentist.
If your child is still feeling anxious about her upcoming appointment, sit down and talk with her and address her concerns. On the day of the appointment, you can let her bring a favorite small toy, stuffed animal or blanket. You can also talk to the dentist about staying in exam room with her during the procedure.
If you are looking for a dentist for your child or for yourself, make time to meet with our dentist, Dr. Teresa Cody. If you would like to make an appointment at C & C Dental in Sugar Land, Texas, call phone today. We’re excited about helping you and every member of your family enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles!