Tips on Taking Children to the Dentist
First, most people may think that family dentists and children’s dentists are the same. In some cases that is true, but it requires special pediatric dentistry training to clean and help with a child’s oral health. This may be because, their mouths are smaller than normal, and because they do not have their permanent teeth yet. These dentists may also be trained to be more sensitive and gentle with children’s teeth.
It is usually recommended that a child first visit the dentist after two years of age. This way the dentist can perform a quick examination with very little other treatment involved. This is also a good time for the child to get to know the dentist and learn to trust them. A parent may be asked to sit in the room with the child for the first visit. A fluoride check and treatment may also be involved in the first visit to the dentist for a child.
If you are concerned about how your child may react at their first visit to the dentist you can take them to the office before the visit. This way they can see all the chairs and equipment and even see and meet the dentist. This may help them to be less scared or nervous for the actual visit. You can also read books with them about going to the dentist or watch a video about a child going to dentist for the first time. This may help them to know what to expect and make it easier. If they ask you questions about your own visit to the dentist, it is important to be positive about them and not scare your child.
Getting children to do anything they may not want to do can be a challenge and in many cases going to the dentist is no expectation. However, if you follow these tips and explain what will happen, be positive, and take them to see the dentist’s office, you may be surprised about how they react. This will also help you have fewer worries and more peace of mind.