When should I take my child to a dentist is a very common question asked by parents? The simplest answer to the query is – the first visit to the dentist takes place at the age of one year. At this age, you can see the development of teeth. The fact is, babies are scared of their first visit to the dentist. So, in this article, we will be talking about a few tips to make your baby feel relaxed during his first dental visit.
1Tell Him The Truth About Dentist’s Visit
Before you go to the dentist, do not make a big deal about it. Instead of telling fabricated stories, it is better to convenience your baby about the visit. Tell your toddler that you are taking him to the dentist and it is for his betterment. While convincing, you must adopt a relaxed and natural attitude.
2Let Him Take His Favorite Toy
Encourage him to take his favorite toy with him. This will make your baby feel comfortable. Some toys also make children feel safe.
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3Morning Is The Best Time
It rather sets a visit during the morning, when the child is rested and with fresh forces, both physical and emotional.
4Choose A Dentist Carefully
Make sure you take him to a dentist who has experience and patience with the children. Such a specialist knows how to explain to your little one what each instrument does, to show them closely. As it is going to be your child’s first experience, hence make sure it is enjoyable.
5Dentist Must Narrate The Procedure
Before starting a procedure, the dentist will describe him/her the whole procedure. And, the same will do throughout the intervention. The idea is to deal with his pain so that the child can cooperate and respond positively.
6Deal With Kid’s Fear
If your baby is scared of seeing a dentist, then you should first deal with the cause of his fear.
If your baby is showing any symptoms of discomfort or panic on the dental chair, instead of intervening in the dentist’s procedure, let him handle the situation.
You pediatric dentist is trained for that kind of situations. Your interference can complicate the situation.
7Prepare Him In Advance
Always keep in mind that visiting a dentist for the first time is a new experience for your baby. So, you have to prepare him before you visit a dentist.
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When I took my daughter to the dentist for the first time, I told her about my first visit to the dentist as an interesting experience. I tried to explain to her the whole procedure in a friendly manner.
8Explain Your First Dental Experience
You can also try to explain how important it is to have healthy teeth and what happens otherwise.
9Show A Positive Attitude Towards The Dentist
For you, the most the important thing is showing a positive attitude towards the dentist. Always remember, you are dealing with something you kid is scared of.
Personally, even I was worried about my daughter’s first dental experience. However, the trick is – you need to be calm. You must not show any fear.
10Choose Your Words Carefully Regarding Dentist’s Visit
Talk to your child in optimistic terms about dental consultation. Avoid using any kind of words like “pain,” “injection,” “you will not hurt at all.” These are going to scare your kids.
Tell him that a visit to the dentist does not necessarily mean that he will be using all the equipment like a drill or something.
I hope these few tips are really going to help your little one. In short, your toddler needs a mental preparation before you take him to the dentist.
Do you have any similar experience or suggestion? Please share with other parents.