How to Ensure That Your Child’s First Dentist Visit Goes Smoothly
The Alberta Dental Association recommends that you bring your child to see a dentist at the age of one or when her first teeth appear. Of course, some children get anxious at the dentist. It’s a new environment for them and it can be a scary experience. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help your little one feel more at ease.
Why kids should see a dentist
Just like adult teeth, baby teeth can develop cavities. When this occurs, surgery is sometimes necessary. Moreover, oral infections can cause fever, rashes and other symptoms. Bringing your toddler to see a dentist ensures these issues are kept at bay.
Prepare your child for the appointment
Here are some strategies for getting your toddler ready for their first visit to the dentist:
• Play “dentist” with them at home. Use this game to make going to the dentist seem fun and to give your child an idea of what expect.
• Take your child along to the dental office when you or one of their siblings goes in for a checkup. They’ll become familiar with the environment, which can make them feel more comfortable and less anxious when they have their own examination.
Attend to your child’s dental health
While your dentist should be able to treat any dental issues, it’s still very important to take good care of your children’s oral health. Brush their teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush daily. If their teeth haven’t come in yet, wipe the gums with a washcloth after meals. This reduces the chances that your child will have to receive uncomfortable dental treatment.
Choose the right dentist
If you have a family dentist that you know is good with young children, then you may choose to stick with them. If you’re looking for a new dentist or believe your child requires special attention, then working with a children's dentist is likely the best option.
Pediatric dentists are trained to provide dental care to children. They use conversation techniques, facial expressions and other methods to put children at ease during the examination. For example, they may show kids how the dental chair goes up and down before having them sit down so that the chair movements don’t frighten them.
Pediatric Dentistry in South East Calgary
You can count on the qualified and compassionate dentists at Sundance Dental to make dental exams a positive experience for your little one. For more information about our services or to book an appointment, reach out to us.