How to Prepare Your Child for a Trip to the Dentist

Many people get nervous whenever the dentist’s name comes up. Most times, this is as a result of conditioned fear due to an awful previous experience at the dentist. This then becomes their perception of all dental visits. You should know that not all dental visits are a disaster, and you just need to choose the right dentist that is both experienced and compassionate. Dr. Nadja Horst is a board-certified dentist with extensive experience in performing Pembroke Pines extractions, among other services at her dental studio in Florida.

When it comes to children, dentists recommend taking them once their first tooth erupts, which is often 6 months after they are born or at most 12 months. During this initial visit, the dentist will share information about the status of the baby’s teeth and whether to worry about tooth decay, teething, pacifier habits, as well as finger sucking habits.

There are several ways through which a parent can prepare their children before going to the dentist

Prepare Your Child

If your child is still young, they may not understand what the trip to the dentist may entail. What you can do is schedule a morning appointment because that’s when your child is more alert.

If your child is older and probably in pre-school, you should give them an idea of what to expect at the dentist. Avoid words such as “pain” and “hurt,” but try and build excitement by showing your children that the visit to a dentist is not a form of punishment but rather a routine check-up.

Prepare Yourself

You should have as much information as possible before taking your child to the dentist. By asking questions, you’ll find out the type of anesthesia that’s safe for your child. You may find out that due to your child’s medical history, local anesthesia, and not a general one is best.

Arming yourself with information gives you enough time to dispel any fear that you may have well in advance, to avoid transferring them to your children. Remember that children tend to pick up their parent’s anxiety. Therefore, parents should stay calm during the appointment

Take Your Child’s Favourite Toy with You

Taking your child’s toy to the dentist helps to relieve any anxiety but also distracts your child from the procedure. Additionally, once your child wakes up from general anesthesia, seeing their toy helps to keep them calm.

Give Your Dentist a Heads Up

Depending on your child’s age, it’s best to prepare your dentist for any particular behavior that they should expect. For instance, children that are younger than two years may get upset whenever they are separated from their parents.

Talk to Other Parents Who Have Been Through It

It’s always helpful to talk to one or two people who have taken their children to the dentist before. This is more reassuring, and they also provide some useful tips based on their experience.

How to Protect Your Child’s Teeth at Home

Going to the dentist is not a daily affair, therefore, parents should protect their children’s teeth at home by keeping their children’s teeth and gums clean and limiting the foods that may cause tooth decay. For young babies, parents should lessen the time taken to empty their milk bottles and avoid giving sweetened liquids before bed.

Taking your child to the dentist shouldn’t have to be a terrifying experience. That is why it’s recommended that parents choose the right dentist. Dr. Horst and her team at 601 Dental Studio PA are caring and aim to give all their clients a patient-focused approach.