Valuable Tips to Prepare your Child for the First Dental Visit

Valuable Tips to Prepare your Child for the First Dental Visit

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that an infants first dental visit be within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. Dental Works 4 Kids has taken this one step further to promote early prevention by offering FREE exams for infants 6 months of age. Childhood cavities are the #1 infectious disease in children … and they shouldn’t be.

Some children get anxious, as they don’t know what to expect. Dr. Jill Oxner, Dr. Stacy Chin and Dr. Nilava Ghatak offer valuable tips on taking your child to the dentist for the first time.

Keep it upbeat and keep the message positive. Focus on how healthy the child’s teeth will be. Use replacement words for words that might sound scary in the office. Instead of the word suction we use Mr. Slurpy.

Don’t surprise the child. Prepare kids by telling them what they can expect at the dental office, and tell them about the positive experience you’ve had at the dentist. Practice playing "visit the dentist" at home. If the child is still worried, there are a lot of children’s books, videos on YouTube and apps that can be downloaded to help.

Make the child comfortable. Ensure your child is not tired. A well rested child will handle the experience much better. Arrive early. We have lots of games and crafts for kids to help them be more comfortable.

Make it fun. Many dental offices are not comfortable seeing kids when they are young and will recommend that your child come back when they are 2-3 years of age, which can sometimes be too late. Our goal is to catch problems before they happen. Trust your child’s health in the hand of a specialist.