How To Help Your Child Prepare For Their First Visit To The Dentist
At Dr. Ian Gray Dental Group, we are happy to treat patients of all ages. In fact, there is nothing more special than when a young one visits our office for their first dental visit. There are many exciting events that happen during a child’s first year of life. Most parents are surprised to learn that along with the many visits to a pediatrician to check on the child’s growth, a visit to the dentist is important as well. Once the first tooth emerges, or around the time of the child’s first birthday, it is time to visit the dentist for the first time. If you are reading this and realizing your child has yet to visit the dentist, that is no problem at all because there is no time like the present to schedule an appointment.
Tips for a Positive First Experience
We know that visiting the dentist can be overwhelming for a child. Not only is it a new place with strangers looking into their mouth, but there are also machines and gadgets that can appear scary. We want to share some helpful tips to ensure your child has a wonderful first experience in our office:
Be sure to schedule the appointment for your child during a time that works best for their mood and personality. We recommend avoiding an appointment during mealtime or naptime. It is also best to avoid an appointment right after a long day at daycare or school.
Introduce the Dentist
There are many books and cartoons that explain visiting the dentist in ways your child will understand. Be sure to visit our website to look for pictures of our team and our office.
We know that you may have your own feelings and opinions about the dentist, but it’s important to put your feelings aside and remain calm and positive for your child. We want them to know and understand that our office is a safe space.
We hope these tips help you with your child or loved one’s first dentist appointment. If you are located in Newmarket, ON or the surrounding area and you or a loved one is in need of a routine examination, please call our office to schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to see you and your young loved one soon!