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How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Visit to the Dentist

Posted on July 25th, 2011 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

While children may lose their baby teeth, they still need to learn proper dental care techniques when they are young. In fact, the sooner children begin visiting their dentist, the more relaxed they’ll feel when they are older and the more likely they are to visit their dentist on a regular basis and take proper care of their teeth. Here are some tips for preparing your child for their first trip to the dentist:

  • Communicate

Before visiting the pediatric dentist, talk to your children about what they can expect. Describe what they will see, hear, smell, and taste. Explain to them that the tools are there to help them, and therefore, they should not be afraid.

  • Focus On The Important Stuff

As a parent, it is important to help your child develop a positive view of going to the dentist. Do this by teaching your child about the benefits of visiting the pediatric dentist and practicing proper dental care. Help them see that dentists are friendly people who are here to help them live healthy lives. You can also try downloading pictures and coloring books on dental care to help your child get excited about taking care of their teeth.

  • Do A Practice Run

Before the actual appointment, take your child to the dentist’s office and show them around. Letting them see the tools and the chair will make the actual appointment less scary. You should also introduce your child to their pediatric dentist so that he or she is not a stranger on the first visit. At Art of Modern Dentistry and our sister company, Art of Modern Dentistry Pediatrics, we have specialists focused solely on caring for children and pediatric dentistry. We invite you to bring your child to meet with our dentists and become familiar with our clinic so that he or she will enjoy coming to for their dental checkups and teeth cleanings. We provide a wealth of dental care treatments, from regular dental cleanings and fillings to Invisalign Teen for children. If you are in the market for a new dentist for you and/or your children, then visit our websites at www.ArtofModernDentistry.com or www.AMDPediatrics.com or call us at (312) 361-0683 to learn more.

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