Visiting the dentist is an important part of overall healthcare and should begin very early, ideally around a child’s first birthday. Parents and children alike are often unsure about what to expect when seeing a pediatric dentist. To help you and your child prepare, check out these great tips:
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Your child’s first dental visit will primarily be an opportunity for your child to meet the dentist and have their teeth examined. During your child’s examination we will review good brushing and dietary habits and evaluate your child for a cleaning and fluoride treatment.
Note Thumb-Sucking Habits
Comfort sucking on fingers, a pacifier, or a bottle can be detrimental to the development of permanent teeth, which is why you should let the pediatric dentist know if your child displays such habits. The dentist can help you reduce the behavior and provide information about your options for orthodontic intervention.
Play Dentist with Your Child
Young children often fear unfamiliar situations, so prepare them for the visit by playing dentist beforehand. You can have your child lie on a couch or recliner while you examine and brush his or her teeth, and then let your child practice being the dentist with you or a favorite toy as the patient. Take care to avoid mentioning any unpleasant aspects of dental visits, as it could create unnecessary fear.
Fun Oral Care Accessories
At our office, we will show you and your child the many fun brushing aids and different toothpaste flavors to make brushing at home fun. Many children’s toothpastes have mild flavors and feature favorite characters, and kids’ toothbrushes are extra soft and made for tiny mouths in order to minimize discomfort.
The caring dentists at Park View Pediatric Dentistry will provide a comfortable environment for your child’s first appointment. Contact us today at (646) 402-6578 to learn more about preparing for your child’s initial visit. You can also check out our website to discover more about our dental office in Manhattan.