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How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

June 21, 2018
Posted By: Pruce Dental
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Your toddler has already reached many milestones by age two, including in their dental development. You’ve both gone through the challenges of teething, but one by one, baby teeth are making their appearance.

It’s a good idea to schedule your child’s first dental visit at or before this time because keeping baby teeth healthy is essential to their future dental development. A baby tooth lost too soon because of decay can lead to a host of other problems, including potential alignment concerns.

We understand that you might be apprehensive about the first visit to the dentist. You may wonder how your child will react or what will happen, but the fact is you won’t know until you get there.

The best thing you can do is prepare your child by helping them get used to the idea of dental care in general. Every step you take now to instill in your child a positive attitude about dentistry will pay off in a successful first visit and a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Prepare Your Child for A Successful Visit

  • Do some research – Check online or at your library for children’s books, videos, or activities that deal with visits to the dentist from a child’s point of view.
  • Make oral hygiene fun – Proper oral hygiene is critical, but it shouldn’t be a chore. Get in the habit of taking time to make oral hygiene fun for your child. Try different toothbrushes, different flavors of toothpaste, and play your child’s favorite song while you brush together.
  • Keep negativity to yourself – If you feel negative about dental visits, it’s all too easy to project these feelings onto your child. The last thing you want to do is saddle your child with the same fears.

Please Call Pruce Dental

Dr. Robert Pruce has been providing high-quality children’s dentistry in Washington, PA for over 20 years. Our dedicated team loves treating kids and knows how to make their visits stress-free, comfortable, and productive. 

If it’s time for your child’s first appointment or you have questions, please call us at (724) 942-1400.

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