By their first birthday, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that all children see a dentist for an exam. These appointments are imperative for good dental health and proper oral development. By visiting a dentist early in life, you can help your child cultivate a lifelong good habit of seeing the dentist.
Preparing Your Child to See the Dentist
It’s common for both parents and children to have some worries and fears about seeing the dentist, especially for the first time. However, there are several steps you can take to put your child more at ease before they first step inside the dentist’s office.
Never speak negatively about the dentist or what happens there. Even if you had a bad experience growing up, now isn’t the time to share it with your young child. Reassure them that you will be with them and that the dentist is there to help them.
Read Books or Watch Movies
Reading books or watching movies or TV shows depicting the characters going to the dentist and having a positive experience can help prepare your child for what to expect. It can also make them more excited and feel more grown up to be visiting the dentist.
Bring a Favorite Toy, Blanket, or Book
If the child has a favorite toy, blanket, stuffed animal, or book, let them bring it along to their dental appointment. Having a familiar and friendly personal belonging will make the child feel safe and secure while visiting the dentist. It can also give them something else to focus on while the dentist examines their mouth.
Bring Your Child with You to the Dentist
If possible, you may want to bring your child with you to your next routine dental appointment. Seeing you going to the dentist and having a comfortable, pleasant experience can set the tone for their own dental office experience.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dental Appointments
How Often Should My Child See a Pediatric Dentist?
Dental professionals typically recommend a check-up every six months in children as this will help prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you how often your child should come in for a visit based on their oral health and needs.
How Safe are Dental X-Rays?
Parents should know that there is minimal risk with pediatric dental X-rays. Dentists who see children are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation children are exposed to at their visits. In addition, lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize radiation exposure.
Pediatric Dentistry at Maine Dentistry
We are proud to accept adult and pediatric patients at Maine Dentistry. We aim to make your child’s first and every dental appointment a pleasant experience. Our compassionate and friendlydentists and staff take the time to explain dental cleanings, exams, and procedures to both you and your child.
Contact us today at one of our three convenient locations in Gray, Portland, and Auburn to schedule your child’s next dental visit.