How can a parent prepare for their children’s first visit?
Parents need to stay positive. They need to tell their children that the dentist keeps their teeth healthy. They should not use words like cavities, decay, drill, needles, or any other scary words. Even dentists try to avoid those words during the visit to make sure it remains positive.
If parents have other children in addition to the one being seen, it can be beneficial to leave them at home. Too much commotion in the office can make it hard for a child to sit still. It may also help to bring another adult along, that way one adult can hold the child while the other listens and asks questions.
It is always helpful if a child knows what to expect during a visit. There are many books on the topic that you may want to read with your child to help reduce any anxiety he or she may be feeling. The Berenstain Bears, Dora the Explorer, and even Elmo are all featured in books about going to the dentist.
For their first visit, your child will get to meet and become acquainted with the dentist. Then the dentist will look at the development of his or her teeth and jaws. The dentist may ask questions to figure out the child’s overall health history. After that the dentist will determine the health of the existing teeth and gums. Finally, the dentist will answer any questions and help you formulate a home care regimen for your child.
If you have any questions or would like to set up your child’s first dental visit, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (716) 580-3580 for our East Amherst office, or (716) 689-0929 for our Williamsville office.