It’s time for your child’s fist pediatric dentist visit! Are you prepared? Getting your child’s teeth checked for the first time can be a nerve racking experience for children and their parents. The experts at ABC Dental have complied some really great tips to calm those nerves for your first visit:
Before your first pediatric dentist appointment stop in for a visit! Call our office in Independence and schedule a tour. Your child will feel at ease for their appointment if they are familiar with our personnel and environment.
Don’t be afraid to let our friendly staff know if you have any questions or concerns! Unanswered questions or concerns can cause unnecessary fear or anxiety. That is the last thing we want… let us put your mind at ease.
Talk to your child about their upcoming pediatric dentist visit.
Don’t use scary words such as “drill” or “needle” instead use fun word substitutes. Here are a few examples of how to make words less scary.
Nitrous Oxide = Magic Air or Laughing Gas
Nitrous Mask = Superhero mask
X-Ray = Magic Picture
Cavities = Sugar Bugs
Needle or Shot = Happy Medicine
Tooth Pulled = Tooth wiggler
Tooth Cleaning = Tooth tickler
Plan your child’s first pediatric dental appointment for a time when your child is in a good mood alert. Scheduling your appointment for a time when your child is normally cranky or tired can make your visit more stressful. We recommend that you schedule your appointment for after naptime or meal time.
Don’t stress and rush to your appointment. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy your experience. At ABC Dental we have a fun waiting room for you and your child to stay relaxed and entertained while you wait for your appointment.
Not sure when to schedule your child’s first pediatric dental appointment in? At ABC Dental in Independence we recommend you bring your child in for their first visit as early as 6 months! Our professionals recommend that you schedule your first appointment by the time your child’s first baby tooth comes in.