As parents ourselves, dental experts at White Horse Pike Family Dentistry know just how intimidating your little one’s first visit to the dentist can be, and that’s why we strive to be the very best dentist for kids in Somerdale. Our mission is to provide the highest quality service, which means taking care of your children as if they were our own. Pediatric dentistry is our specialty, so we put together a few tips for you to consider before bringing your child in for their first dental visit.
Start Before They Turn One
Pediatric dentistry aims to establish good oral health habits and familiarize kids with the dentist’s office at a very young age. We recommend that you bring your child in for their first dental visit before their first birthday because that allows us to become a part of their childhood and eliminate any fear that may have otherwise developed in future years. Bringing your child in for their first visit by age one also ensures that we can track the progress of their baby teeth and teach them about the importance of good oral hygiene while they still have their baby, or practice, teeth.
Bring Them to Your Appointment
One easy way to introduce your child to the world of dentistry is to bring them along to one of your appointments. We are a family dental clinic, which means we are more than happy to meet your toddler, explain what we do, and show them all our cool tools as we clean your teeth. Our dental experts have extensive experience working with kids and know how to make it exciting for them, whether that means letting them pick out a prize or teaching them fun ways to keep up with their brushing and flossing.
Do a Practice Run
If you or your child are worried about their upcoming appointment, it’s a good idea to do a practice run at home. Kids respond well to role play at this age, which means that taking turns brushing, flossing, and examining each other’s teeth can be an effective way to get them excited for the dentist. Pretend it’s a game, explain the importance of good teeth cleaning habits, and trust them to “clean” your teeth. Then, when you bring them into our family dentist, she will be ready to take your game to the next level of fun and teach them how dentists care for their teeth in ways they can’t do themselves.
Give Them a Reward
While it isn’t good to overuse positive reinforcement, offering an unexpected reward after your child’s first dentist appointment will provide them with a sense of accomplishment that, in and of itself, is rewarding. If your child’s first dentist visit goes well, praise them on the way home and tell them how brave they were. If it doesn’t, give them encouragement that next time will be better and continue practicing good oral hygiene and role playing at home until their next visit.
White Horse Pike Family Dentistry is the leading family and children’s dental clinic in Somerdale. Our staff is experienced in kids’ dental care and would love to meet your little one. Consider these tips and schedule your child’s first dental appointment today!