Making Your Child’s Dental Visit a Successful One
Is it time for your child’s first dental checkup? Maybe they’ve been before, but it’s been a few years and the first experience wasn’t that great. Here are a few tips from the Purity Dental team for you to keep in mind when prepping your little one for their next appointment:
- Play “dentist” at home, by taking turns brushing each other’s teeth. Sit with your legs crossed and have your child lay their head on your lap while you brush their teeth, then switch roles. Be sure to count and gently tap on each tooth as you go across their mouth.
- Talk about the dentist in a positive light, never using negative words (such as “hurt”, “injection”, or “drill”) even if it’s something you say the dentist is not going to do. If there’s something you think is scary and needs to be explained, leave it to the dentist to do it (we’ve had a lot of practice winning over anxious young patients).
- If your child requires treatment, such as fillings, talk to your dentist about something for their anxiety. A light dental sedative such as nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) can help to lighten the mood and make your child more comfortable.
- If possible, make your child’s first visit a “fun” one. Schedule a quick consultation so they can sit on your lap in the dental chair, hold the dental mirror, or feel the air puff on their fingers (or even their tooth if they’re comfortable).
The best way to help your child have a great dental experience is to take them to see the dentist at a young age, and every six months thereafter. Preventative dental visits reduce the chance of problems like cavities, toothaches, and painful dental emergencies. Seeing the dentist in a positive light helps to establish a better impression on oral care overall. Professionals recommend a child’s first visit take place by the time they turn one year old.
Call Purity Dental in Mulgrave to arrange your family’s next visit with us!