Taking your kids to the dentist for the first time can be a bit daunting. When your child doesn’t know what to expect, it can make them fearful and react poorly when they arrive in the office. There are things that you can do to make the experience as great as it can be, though.
Take a Tour of Our Facility
Kids can sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the new things that they see when they come to a dentist’s office. If you want your child to feel as comfortable as possible, consider arriving early to your appointment so that you can take a tour of our facility and get to meet the staff. Once children meet the people who will be working on their teeth, they often have a greater sense of comfort and can handle their appointment better.
Practice Looking at Your Child’s Teeth
Having someone’s hands in their mouth for the first time can be scary for kids. Play dentist at home so that your child can get used to the way it feels to have someone touch their teeth. Be sure to be as detailed as possible so your child doesn’t feel afraid to see mirrors or hear noises when they get to the dentist’s office.
Educate Your Child
Get books about going to the dentist. Educate your child about proper oral care and why it is so important. Knowing why they need to go to the dentist and have their teeth checked can make it less intimidating when they arrive to the office.
When you schedule your consultation here at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, be sure to let our staff know that this will be the first time that your child is visiting the dentist. This will help us to be able to make his or her first experience as enjoyable as it can be. Contact us today to book your appointment in Layton and get started. We look forward to meeting you and your family!