How To Prepare for My Child’s First Dental Visit

A child’s first visit to the dentist may give a parent some anxiety. But it’s an exciting time to get your child on the path to a happy and healthy smile. Willow Smiles Dentistry welcomes children of all ages. Here are some of our tips to prepare your child for the first dental visit.


Little blonde boy and his teddy bear in the dental chair.

When Should Your Child Have Their First Dentist Appointment?

Your child should have their first dentist appointment within six months of the first tooth appearing or by their first birthday. Even if there are no teeth present, we can still check the gums and oral tissue for growth and development. Children who have the opportunity to become familiar with our office and dental team from an early age are much less likely to experience anxiety during later dental visits.


Prepare Your Child

It would be best to schedule a dental appointment when your child is alert and not hungry. Scheduling an appointment during a time when they are expecting lunch or a nap could make them uncomfortable. If your child is older, you can explain why it is important to go to the dentist. You can watch videos or read books about going to the dentist to prepare them for their appointment. Stop by for a quick office tour before your appointment if you think it would help.


Prepare Yourself

Your child’s first dental appointment is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns about your child’s oral health. If you have dental anxieties, be careful not to relay those fears to your child. They can easily pick up on it and start to be afraid of the dentist. Try to talk about the dentist positively.


What To Expect at the First Dentist Appointment

The first dentist appointment may include a full examination of any teeth and gums to ensure proper development. We may also give a gentle cleaning if needed. Dr. Z. and Dr. D. have children of their own so they know how to help children feel at ease. They also know how challenging it can be to establish good brushing and flossing habits with hectic morning and night schedules. During your appointment, our team will be happy to give you tips on making the oral hygiene routine easier for you and your child.


Children’s Dentist in Puyallup, Washington

Establishing a dental home for your child is important for a number of reasons. As we mentioned earlier, familiar faces can make it easier for a child to go to the dentist. Our goal is to help your child achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. Regular visits can help us stay on top of your child’s development and recommend preventive treatments at the appropriate time. Our team will get to know your child’s personality and explain things to them in terms they can understand. We want to become your family’s dental home for all of your oral health needs. Please give us a call when you’re ready to schedule an appointment.


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