How do I prepare my child for the first dental visit?

Your child’s first dental visit should be by the first birthday.

How do I prepare my child for the first dental visit?

You as a parent play an integral role in preparing your child for his/her first visit. We suggest that when describing the dental experience to your child you do not use words such as “pain” or any other words which may be associated with discomfort. Introduce the visit as a great opportunity to meet people who are excited to see your child and want to help him/her stay healthy. Tell your child that he/she can play in the dental chair! The Dentist will “count” the teeth and may “brush” or “take pictures” of the teeth. It is very important to use child friendly terms and simple explanations when describing dental instruments and procedures.

We want to create a very positive, friendly and non-threatening
environment for your child

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Ask the doctors, nurses, or staff for the information you need about what will take place so that you can prepare your child and deal with your own fears or concerns. To parents, one of the most fearful aspects of surgery is anesthesia . Anesthesia is much safer today than in the past, but still carries some risk. You should discuss any concerns you have in advance with the anesthesiologist.

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