Is it time for your child’s first dental visit? Squirming in your seat, grimacing and generally dreading it…and that sums up you and not your child. Does that sound familiar when it comes to preparing for your child’s first dental visit? It’s common for not only kids but parents to have reservations about going to dentist. Well, I learned that taking your kids to the dentist for the first time can actually be wait for it…a pleasant experience. You will smile and what’s better is that their smile is guaranteed to be a healthy one. Parents are encouraged to take children to the dentist around one year of age soon after their first teeth come in. However, some parents opt to wait until the child is closer to three when they have more teeth. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind for your child’s trip to the dentist.

Tip #1

Make brushing teeth fun. Your child will start out with good oral health if you make their tooth brushing routine fun at home. Allow them to pick out their own toothbrush and periodically mix up the types of toothpaste they use to give them different flavors to explore. Playing dentist periodically with your child is also a way to prepare them for what to expect at the dentist and allows you to share some reasons why it’s  important to have a healthy teeth and mouth.

Tip #2

Pick a pediatric dentist. Let’s face it, not every dentist or doctor has a wonderful bedside manner. Do the diligence of finding a pediatric dentist who has experience with dealing with children. Visit the dental office before you bring your child in. It is possible to find a family dentist who can treat everyone in the family and can deal well with your child. Again, the key is to visit the dentist in advance of booking an appointment to view the office and meet the staff.

Tip #3

Bribery is a must. To all of those who say you shouldn’t give your child rewards for behavior…oh, well! All of us respond to rewards, be it in the workplace, when we shop, in school and more so your children are no different. Your child will be eager to earn even the smallest rewards such as stickers or small dollar store gifts. The key to it is making the reward something they earn from having good dental habits at home with their brushing routine and after going to their dental appointments. However, they behave try to still reward them with following through with the dental appointment.