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Preparing Your Child for Their First Dental Appointment

Posted on 3/20/2017 by Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Office
A young girl visiting the dentist for the first time.
Taking your child in to the pediatric dentist for the first time can be a really good experience, or a really bad one if you aren't sure how to approach the situation.

It is important you do everything you can to make sure that you make their experience a good one. Here are a few tips that can help make their first experience fun and memorable.

Going to the Dentist for the First Time

When you bring your child in to the dentist, it may be a bit overwhelming. However, if you take the time to talk about it first, that can help greatly. Ask your child what they think is going to happen, and listen to their answers.

The answers that are right, encourage. Anything that is incorrect, make sure to correct. Explain what a dentist does, and how important that job is at keeping all of us healthy. The more they hear from you about how this experience can help them, the less fearful they are likely to be.

Reading books about going to the dentist can also help before they walk through the door. Talk about how the dentist will take a look at their teeth, and maybe even take pictures (x-rays).

Each time they go back, the dentist will track how their mouth has changed and how big your child's mouth has grown. It is important that you mention it will be an ongoing process, as this could come as a shock to any child that thinks it may be a one-and-done type situation.

Don't be afraid to contact our office about what to say to your child, too. Children may be a bit nervous about going, but that isn't always the case. Some kids don't mind going, while others really struggle, so feel your child out and take your time approaching the topic when necessary.

Contact Information

Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics

453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224

Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS

Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD

Tel: (530) 272-5522
Fax: 530-272-6245

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