Tips To Help Your Kids Enjoy The Dentist
Dentistry For Kids
Taking your children for regular dental cleanings and exams can help them develop and maintain healthy teeth, setting the foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
Follow these tips to make kids dental care and going to the dentist an enjoyable and comfortable routine for your children, rather than something to be feared or dreaded:
1. Start Early
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by a dentist by their first birthday. By introducing your child to the idea of regular visits to the dentist’s office early, your child will know what to expect and will not have any reason to be afraid of regular visits.
Of course, early and regular dentist office visits can also help ensure that any issues with your child’s teeth or gums are addressed quickly.
2. Role Play
Children love to use their imaginations and role-play different scenarios. Walking through a visit to the dentist’s office ahead of time can be a great way to get your child engaged and even excited about going to see the dentist.
Take turns being the patient, dental hygienist and the dentist as you pretend at home. Consider also scheduling a dry run or walk-through at the dentist’s office in the days or weeks leading to your child’s appointment.
3. Visit a Pediatric Specialist
Pediatric dental specialists have completed two to three years of training beyond dental school and been trained to work with patients of all ages.
Visiting a pediatric dental specialist for at least the first three to five visits can help your child understand what to expect from a visit to the dentist in a calm, nonthreatening and even fun environment.
4. Lead by Example
Children learn by watching the adults in their lives, so be sure to set a positive example for the little ones in your home.
When you make brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist a priority, you are leading by example and your child will want to emulate you. If you visit a family dentist, consider making your appointments for the same time so your child can see your confidence and comfort.
Choose Natomas Crossing Dental Care
At Natomas Crossing Dental Care in Sacramento, California, we are proud to provide quality general dentistry, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry services for patients of all ages.
To schedule an appointment for your child or yourself, contact us today.