Bringing your kids to the dentist is an important part of helping them to keep their teeth healthy and promoting important lifelong oral hygiene habits. But from a child's point of view, a trip to the dentist can be a scary event . To help ease future visits for your child (and for the dentist!), follow these steps so that he will feel comfortable and more relaxed.
The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. Bringing your child to Black Hills Pediatric Dentistry early and consistently throughout their childhood ensures that they will feel at home in our office and comfortable with dental care. It's best that the first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible.
When preparing for a visit, especially the first time, try not to include too many details. Doing so will raise more questions, and adding more information about an extra treatment like a filling he might need may cause unnecessary anxiety. Keep a positive attitude when discussing an upcoming visit, but don't give your child false hope. We will tell your child that the dentist is looking for "sugar bugs" so he can clean them off their teeth. We check their smile, take pictures and count their teeth. Use positive phrases like "clean, strong, healthy teeth" to make the visit seem fun and good rather than scary and alarming.
It is normal and age-appropriate for a young child to cry, whine, wiggle. We ask you to stay calm and remember that our dentists and staff are used to working with children and have seen their share of tantrums. We have parents stay in the waiting room while we do the dental exam with your child. After the visit is over, praise your child for her good behavior and bravery.
Teach your child that visiting the dentist is a necessity, not a choice, and that the dentist will take care of his teeth so that they are strong enough for him to eat and so he will have a beautiful smile for years to come!