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Preparing Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

child brushing teethChildren should be seen by a dentist by the age of one or at least within 6 months after his or her tooth comes in.

The first dental visit will be relatively short, giving the child an opportunity to meet the dentist and to show him or her that the dentist can be a pretty fun place! During the exam process, the dentist will check all the child’s teeth for decay as well as examine the bite and look for potential issues relating to the gums, jaw and oral tissue.

Below are several topics we recommend asking the dentist:

  • Best oral hygiene practices for your child
  • What foods negatively impact the teeth
  • How to handle a dental emergency
  • The amount of fluoride your child should take
  • Safety of dental x-rays
  • Handling your child’s toothache

We encourage parents to talk to their children before the dentist so they can get completely comfortable. One of the best ways to do this is giving kids props such as toothbrushes, cups for rinsing and a flashlight. Have them invite their friends for a checkup so they can practice being the patient.

One of the best things you can do is be a good role model for your child. This means, brush and floss on a regular basis. Remind your child that you will be at the dentist on their first visit and that you will be holding their hand. Let them know of all the different people they can expect to see at the dentist such as the dentist, dentist’s helper, other children, toys, and the receptionist.

You’ll also want to make sure that you are setting expectations for your child. With the sharp tools and the bright lights, your kid could get a little overwhelmed. Reassure them that everything will be alright!

Call the experienced professionals at Lindner Dental at 603.624.3900!