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June 15, 2018

4 Tips to Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit Go Smoothly

Filed under: Family Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 7:35 am

If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Wenatchee, the team at Busk Family Dentistry will take care of your little one with gentle, friendly dentistry. Dr. Ryan Busk specializes in children’s dentistry and can treat the whole family! If you’re a new parent, we want to give you all the tools you’ll need to make your child’s first visit with a dentist goes smoothly. Here’s a few things you can do to prepare for your little one’s first appointment to make sure they are comfortable and confident:

1. Come in at The Right Time!

You should bring your child in for their first dentist visit at one year of age, or when their first baby tooth erupts, whichever comes first. This may seem quite early, but as soon as your child has teeth, it’s a good idea to have them examined by a dentist to catch any potential oral health problems.

In addition, going to the dentist at an early age will make this part of their oral care routine feel more normal for your child, and decreases the likelihood that they will be anxious about their regular check-ups in the future.

2. Talk Teeth With Your Kid!

If you have a toddler or a younger child, and you’re taking them to a new dentist for the first time, it is the perfect opportunity to talk to them about their teeth. Kids love learning new things about their bodies, so you should talk about the basics of teeth with them! Talk about:

  • What teeth are made of
  • How teeth should be cared for (brushing regularly, etc.)
  • The different parts of the mouth (gums, teeth, tongue)
  • What the teeth do, and why they are important

Early education is key to good oral health and helping your child understand why they need to go to the dentist.

3. Your Attitude Matters

Children are very perceptive. Whether you’ve got an infant or a toddler, your attitude matters during your first dental visit. If you are relaxed, confident and happy, chances are that your child will also feel the same way.

Make sure that you keep a good attitude when going to the dentist and consider discussing the basics of your child’s dental visit with them so that they understand it. Don’t go into detail. Just say, “The dentist will count your teeth, and clean them!” Keep things simple and approachable and maintain a positive attitude.

4. Consider Rewarding Your Child After a Dentist’s Visit

You don’t want to bribe your child to make sure they behave well at the dentist, but rewards can be very powerful and help build positive feelings towards the dentist. Consider giving your child a treat, such as one of their favorite foods, or think about buying them a small toy or another gift after their first dentist’s appointment.

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These tips are very helpful, but only if you pick the right pediatric dentist. Dr. Ryan Busk is kind, experienced and can take great care of your child, no matter how old they may be. He makes dental appointments fun and informative so you and your child will always leave our office smiling.

Contact us today at (509) 662-8156 and make sure that your child’s oral health is in the experienced hands of Busk Family Dentistry. You can also drop by our office at 222 N. Mission, Ste. D, Wenatchee, WA 98801 to schedule an appointment.

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