Did you know that children should visit the dentist every six months just like adults do? It's true! And the earlier they start, the better because it gives them a chance to feel comfortable at the dental office while allowing the dentist to begin monitoring their oral development.
When you begin early visits to the dentist, it might seem scary for your son or daughter at first, but there are some things you can do to prepare them and make the experience as positive as possible. Here are some tips to consider before your child's first dental visit.
Visit Your Children's Dentist in Monroe Early
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Cho recommend that children have their first dental appointment by their first birthday. Starting early helps your son or daughter begin to acclimate and feel comfortable at the dentist's office.
These early visits are typically spent counting baby teeth and monitoring early dental development. They're an excellent opportunity for your son or daughter to begin to build rapport with their children's dentist for successful visits in the future.
Be Positive at Home
Try your best to speak positively about the dentist at home. For example, you can read fun stories about the dentist or color tooth pictures in preparation for their dental visits.
Also, leading by example and letting them see you brushing and flossing your teeth at home helps teach them the importance of dental health.
Bring Them to Your Own Dental Appointments
Unless you feel anxiety about visiting the dentist, bringing your little one with you to your own teeth cleaning and checkup can help them feel ready for their own appointment. If you have anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist, your son or daughter may pick up on this and develop their own worries about dental visits.
Contact Your Children's Dentist in Monroe
If you have questions about your son or daughter's dental health, or if it's time for their first appointment, Dr. Cho and his team at Sky Valley Dental would love to meet them. Call us today at (360) 794-5788 to schedule.