We start seeing children at twelve months of age, which is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s age recommendation for your child’s first dental visit. Here are four tips to help prepare your child for their first visit:
- Emphasize that good dental care is incredibly important. Tell your child that visiting the pediatric dentist will help keep their smile bright and cavity-free.
- Be positive. Expect your child to have a pleasant experience. Let them know that the dentists are very gentle with children, and they like helping them stay healthy. Reassure your child that Dr. Jack and Dr. Joe along with their staff will explain every procedure and answer all their questions in advance, so they don’t have to worry.
- Be careful about your choice of words. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear. For example: “needle”, “pull”, “drill” and “hurt” are all words that have negative connotations. Our office makes a practice of using words that softly convey the same message, but are pleasant and will not frighten a child. If you need help explaining anything to your child prior to the appointment, ask our team for suggestions on the most neutral language to use.
- Bring your forms along. Please complete our new patient forms and bring them with you. This will save time, help us to better understand your child’s needs, and make your visit go more smoothly.