The First Visit
We advise parents or guardians to schedule an appointment 4 to 6 months after tooth eruption. This allows our dentist to examine your child’s teeth and gums and provide necessary treatment or recommendations.
Children are like adults; they like good first impressions. At your child’s next visit we recommend:
- Avoiding the use of negative terminology: There is no need for using negative language before a child’s dental visit. Words like “needles” and “blood” can scare a child away from seeking dental care.
- Speaking positively of their dentist: Your child should view their dentist as a friend, not an enemy. Explain to your child that the dentist is there to help them not hurt them.
- Avoiding distractions: If you have other children, it might be best not to bring them with you to the appointment. They could become a distraction for both you and your child.
- Bringing another adult along: Bringing another adult to the visit can ease some of the stress and worry.
- Explaining what is to come: It is normal to fear the unknown. Provide the proper insight to your child, so they know what to expect coming into their appointment.
dentist-approved books are a fun way to educate your child. Here are a few of our recommendations:
1. Dentist (First Time)
Author: Jess Stockham
2. Open Wide: Tooth School Inside
Author: Laura Keller
3. Curious George Visits the Dentist
Author: H. A. Rey
4. Dentist Trip (Peppa Pig)