Even for an adult, going to the dentist can be an anxiety-ridden experience. So when it comes to a child’s first dental appointment there are some steps you can take to ensure that your child isn’t filled with dread upon entering the dentist’s office. Often people will take their child to the dentist for the first time around their first birthday. Others wait until their child’s baby teeth have all come in around the age of 2 or 3. Regardless of what you decide, there are several ways to make sure your child’s trip to the dentist is an enjoyable one.

  1. The sooner your child begins to visit the dentist, the less likely it will be that they will not want to go to appointments in the future. Early introduction to what happens when they see the dentist will reduce anxiety in the long run.
  2. Never say anything negative about the dentist in front of your child. You know that kids tend to take everything their parents say as fact. Do not introduce negative feelings regarding the dentist to your child due to your own personal experiences or opinions.
  3. Teach your child how to brush properly. If your kid has already been taking good care of their teeth there will be no need for worry when they sit down in the dentist’s chair. Cavities are embarrassing and overwhelming for children but if they never have one, they will not have that negative connotation with seeing the dentist.

If it is almost time for your child’s first dental appointment then call your Sterling dentist today. We will do everything we can to make your little one comfortable while they are at our office!