Prepare Your Toddler For That First Dental Appointment

January 29, 2024

Parents should take their children for a dental exam when they turn 1 year old or their first tooth appears, whichever comes first. Considering that many toddlers get upset during their first haircut at a barber shop or salon, it’s understandable that they could feel distress about their initial dental checkup.


At the office of Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, you can feel confident that we will treat your child of any age using patience, expert knowledge and superior skills. Our soothing manner and gentle touch will help assuage her (or his) concerns. 


When a toddler develops a positive attitude about receiving dental care, she will carry that attitude forever and realize the importance of excellent oral hygiene habits. The following advice will help both of you when it’s time for her debut in a dental chair. 


As with many other events in life, timing is everything when it comes to the success of a premiere visit. You know your child’s moods and energy levels better than anyone else. Decide when she’s least excitable—perhaps shortly after a regularly scheduled nap—and book her appointment for that period. 


To save time sitting in the waiting room, where your child can get restless and develop anticipatory anxiety, try to fill out in advance any health and insurance forms that are required from first-time patients.


The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. In this case, it means explaining to her what to expect at her appointment. You can also have her pretend she’s at the dentist by telling her to open her mouth so you can inspect it. It will help keep her mind from conjuring up negative scenarios. 


Explain to your child about the importance of excellent dental hygiene and how a dentist will help her maintain it. Tell her that your own teeth are attractive and healthy because you see your dentist at least twice a year. 


At the office of Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our dedicated specialists have thorough and expert proficiency regarding any treatment your child needs. Please call today for an appointment. 

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