How to Prepare My Child for Their First Dental Visit

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According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their initial visit by their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in, whichever comes first. Starting your child off on the right path towards a lifetime of great oral health is crucial. If your little one is scared or nervous about visiting the dentist for the first time, here are some tips to help your child and you feel prepared for the visit!

Bring All Necessary Paperwork & IDs

Make sure to communicate with your child’s dentist to ensure that you bring everything you need to the first visit. From new patient forms to a state-issued ID to an updated insurance card, this can help the check-in process be as quick and efficient as possible.

Walk Your Child Through the Visit

Before your child’s visit, take the time to talk to them about what they can expect. Discuss the dental check-up, meeting the team, and don’t forget to mention the fun prizes at the end of appointments. You can also bring your child to the office so that they can meet the team beforehand and see that the dentist’s office isn’t a place to be scared of.

Play “Dentist” at Home

Another way to prepare your child is to start incorporating some fun games around dentistry at your house. Play “dentist” and pretend to check your child’s teeth and let them check yours as well. This can help them feel more comfortable with the idea of going to the dentist and may even make them excited about their appointment day!

Choose the Right Dentist

In addition to preparing your child for their dental visit, it’s also important that you choose a family dentist or pediatric dentist that you feel comfortable with. Take the time to vet many dentists to see which one is the best fit for your child. Having a great dentist who’s compatible with your child can make dental visits a thousand times easier.

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