More and more parents are starting to recognize how important it is to provide age-1 dental care for their kids but many are still not sure what kind of dentist their child should be seeing.
According to Cindy Bauer, DDS, MAGD, a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, there are many general dentists who are qualified to care for children.
“Parents should seek out a dental office that provides a fun environment for children, so that they are excited about coming to the dentist’s office.”
This is why so many dentists have gone out of their way to create an office environment that is specifically child-friendly. They may have entertainment available for children and parents including video games, books, games, and access to movies.
In order to best prepare the child and avoid any surprises, parents should speak to the dentist about what procedures will happen at the first appointment. Parents should also have a plan in mind for either reaction from the child – a positive or a negative. Remember that very small children may have trouble sitting still during the visit. Build excitement by speaking to the child ahead of time about what they can expect. Also, remember to bring the child’s complete medical history for the dentist to review.
If a parent can sense anxiety in their child with regard to the dentist, they should find out whether the dentist is willing to do a pre-visit. In many cases, the dentist will use a pre-visit to ease any fears the child may have by letting them get used to the office. They will give the child a tour of the facility, show them the tools they will use during the exam, let them sit in the dentist’s chair, and possibly even demonstrate on an older family member.
The most important thing, according to Dr. Bauer, is to make sure children have regularly scheduled visits with their dentist. “This will help them have better oral health for the rest of their lives.”
How to Calm Your Child’s Nerves About the Dentist:
- Ask the dentist about the best way to explain the dental visit to your child.
- Arrange for your child to have a tour of the dentist’s office prior to their visit.
- Ask if the child can bring an older family member into the exam room with them.
- Avoid giving your child foods with caffeine or sugar prior to the appointment.
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