Children tend to be inquisitive, and will likely have questions about what they can expect at their first dental appointment. Be sure to answer these inquiries honestly yet reassuringly.

Schedule their first dental visit during an upbeat period, such as after nap or meal time. Role-playing at home with dentists and patients can also be beneficial.

1. Introduce the Concept of Dentistry in a Fun and Interactive Way

An important milestone in their lives, children’s initial dental appointment marks an important step toward building healthy dental habits early. Establishing this practice early will reduce dental anxiety in later years.

Your initial dental visit should begin by reviewing both medical and oral health history for your child, before visually inspecting his/her teeth and gums based on age; and may recommend further testing with x-rays to provide more in-depth evaluation.

Storytelling and positive reinforcement can make all the difference for your child when introducing dentistry. Reading books or watching videos about children visiting dentists could also be useful. Make sure your child is well rested, fed, and not sick before their visit – they’ll feel more at ease during their appointment if they feel healthy!

2. Create a Make-Believe Dental Office

Role-playing can also help your children feel at ease before their dental visit. Invite them to play “dental office” with you, taking turns as the dentist and patient – even bringing along a favorite stuffed animal may provide additional comfort (4).

Showing your children videos and books about dental visits will help them better understand what to expect during their appointment (5).

Some dentists offer informal visits prior to your children’s first dental appointment, allowing them to practice sitting in the chair, meet staff members and gain an idea of the office environment – an effective way of creating a positive first impression that they will carry with them throughout childhood and into adulthood.

3. Address Any Fears or Concerns

Parents often experience significant anxiety about taking their child to their first dentist visit, from being concerned about his/her reaction or needing to pay for procedures, to the fear of paying more than expected for dental treatments. All these concerns make what can already be an emotionally difficult visit even harder for everyone involved.

If you find yourself feeling anxious about taking your baby for their first dental appointment, try to remain positive and relaxed. Children are highly perceptive; any shift in mood could heighten their own fears about dental visits. Role-play at home and reading books about them could help ease them as well. Establish a consistent daily oral care routine so as to build healthy teeth into future dental health for both yourself and them.

4. Use Positive and Honest Language

When discussing their visit, avoid using terms like “pain” and “shot,” as these could send the wrong message that dentists can be scary. Instead, be honest while remaining positive by emphasizing that dentists are friendly professionals who will care for their teeth.

Many children’s books and videos feature familiar characters discussing going to the dentist in an entertaining manner, making the visit seem less daunting and less frightening for all involved. Provide your child with these resources to normalize the visit before and during his/her appointment as needed.

Allowing your child to bring along a favorite comfort item can also help ease their mind at their appointment, providing security, distraction, and something tangible they can hold onto during the procedure.

5. Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Start making dental appointments for your child as early as possible to build comfort with the environment and help develop good oral hygiene practices.

At their first dental visit, your child will undergo a visual evaluation by their dentist to ensure their teeth and gums are developing normally. Depending on their age, x-rays may also be recommended to provide more of a detailed view.

Try scheduling the initial dental visit for your child during a time when they tend to be in a positive frame of mind, rather than at a time when they’re hungry or tired – doing otherwise may prove unfruitful or frustrating for all involved.

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