Everyone knows that it is important to see the dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and exams. This is especially important for children as their teeth are in the process of coming in. A visit to the dentist does not have to be a traumatic event for you or your child. Here are some things to think about when it comes to taking your child to the dentist.
Your child’s first dental visit should be after her first tooth erupts, but before her first birthday. You should not reserve a trip to the dentist for toothaches, broken teeth or other dental emergencies. Getting your child used to visiting the dentist for routine care will keep office visits from seeming mysterious and frightening. Talk with your dentist to see if you can bring your child by the office before her appointment. Let her meet the dentist and his staff and see the exam room.
Don’t tell your child that her dental visit will be painless, and don’t tell her that she will go to the dentists as a punishment or as a deterrent. Rather, explain to her that the dentist’s job is to clean her teeth and make sure that they are healthy.
You may want to visit the library and check out books and videos about visiting the dentist, and spend time talking with your child about going to the dentist and what she can expect. If she is anxious on the day of her appointment, it will help if she goes early in the morning or after a nap, and let her bring a small toy, stuffed animal or favorite blanket. Talk with your dentist about remaining in the exam room with your child. In some cases, you may be able to keep her on your lap during her appointment.
If you are looking a for dentist for your child or any other member of your family, why not give Dr. Jon Molinare a call? To make an appointment at Molinare Dental Group in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, call 973-993-1979. We are excited to meet you and your entire family!