If your child is terrified of going to his or her first dental appointment, then don’t worry. Although it might seem as if your child is never going to step foot inside of his or her dental office, there are several easy ways that you can help your child make his or her first dental appointment go smoothly. From introducing teeth brushing from an early age to role-playing dental appointments, here are some of the best tips to prepare your little ones for their first dental appointment. So whether it’s children’s dentistry in Simi Valley or in San Diego, here’s what you need to know about your child’s oral health and how you can make going to the dentist a fun and exciting experience—for everybody.
Introduce Brushing from an Early Age
The more accustomed your child is to brushing his or her teeth, the less likely he or she will be to throw a tantrum when the first dental appointment comes around. If your child is used to the process of brushing and flossing, then they’re going to be more comfortable going to the dentist. Simply explain to your child exactly why they’re going to the dentist and exactly what is going to happen; chances are, if they’ve been exposed to brushing and flossing, they’re going to have very few fears if any at all. Additionally, stress the importance of good oral hygiene to your children. If your child is old enough, you can explain to them why it’s so important to brush and floss teeth. If your child is still young, you can try using a chart that rewards good brushing behaviors. Whichever you choose, just make sure that you expose your child to good dental habits from early on.
Role-Play Your Child’s First Appointment
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