How Do I Get My Child to Like the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends you take your child to see a dentist no later than their first birthday, preferably within 6 months of their first tooth erupting. Getting your child used to seeing our pediatric dentists is one of the best things you can do to help your child enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. Our Livonia; Dearborn; and Canton, MI pediatric dentists are here to help!
The beliefs and attitudes children have toward dental care are often carried into adulthood, which is why it’s important to properly prepare your child for seeing one of our pediatric dentists for the first time.
Continue reading to learn how to get your child to like going to the dentist.
Getting Your Child to Like the Dentist
- Schedule your child’s ASAP.
- Don’t show your own dental anxiety.
- Encourage your child to ask questions.
- Practice brushing teeth at home.
Schedule Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment
The longer you wait to schedule your child’s first dentist appointment, the more guarded they may be about getting their teeth examined and cleaned. We recommend you have your child see one of our pediatric dentists within 6 months of getting their first baby tooth. That way, they’ll be able to better accept that seeing the dentist is a regular (and expected) part of normal life.
Our pediatric dentists have undergone specialized training for treating children. Going to a dentist that isn’t good with kids can end poorly and result in your child developing an aversion to seeing the dentist. It’s best to get to know your child’s dentist beforehand to get a feel for whether or not they’ll be a good fit for you and your child.
Don’t Show Your Own Dental Anxiety
If you have dental anxiety, we recommend seeing a dentist who can help you overcome these feelings. It’s not uncommon for children to look to their parents for guidance when encountering new situations, such as seeing one of our pediatric dentists. If you act afraid of the dentist, this will immediately make your child feel apprehensive before they even step into our office.
You want to make sure your child feels as safe and comfortable as possible. The best way to do this is to remain calm yourself and avoid using any words that may frighten your child. It’s important that you set an example for your child and act relaxed and even excited about going to the dentist. They will pick up on your positive outlook of seeing our pediatric dentists and probably react similarly.
Encourage Your Child to Ask Questions
Encourage your child’s natural curiosity so they can ask questions and learn what they can expect during their first appointment with our pediatric dentists. We recommend using simple language that’ll be easy for your child to understand. However, don’t gloss over important details that could take your child by surprise during their .
Practice Brushing Teeth at Home
It’s never too early to help your child form healthy oral hygiene habits, such as brushing teeth twice a day. Since children tend to rush or neglect brushing back teeth, you may want to consider singing a song to help them along. The more you reinforce healthy oral hygiene habits, the more likely your child will be able to accept seeing one of our pediatric dentists for routine teeth cleanings and oral examinations.
Our pediatric dentists work hard to help your child feel at ease in the dentist’s chair so they can receive the care they need to maintain a healthy smile. To request an appointment with one of our Livonia; Dearborn; or Canton, MI pediatric dentists, call Children’s Dental Care today! We look forward to hearing from you.