How To Prepare My Child For Their First Visit To The Dentist

Toddler boy in the dental chair with his teddy bear for his first visit to the dentist.

Going to the dentist can be scary for kids, so preparing them well is important. Kids should visit the dentist around their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth’s eruption. Here are some ways to prepare your child for this big milestone.

Introduce them to books & videos about the dentist

There are many books and videos for kids about going to the dentist and dental care. Many are available at your local library. Showing them to your kids when they’re very young prepares them for future visits and a lifetime of good oral hygiene. They’ll have a better understanding of what to expect at the dentist and why it’s important to go.

Be positive about the dentist

You may get anxious about going to the dentist, but it’s important not to let your fears worry your child. Kids are very aware of their parents’ emotions, so if they see that you’re nervous, they’ll get nervous, too. When talking about the dentist, speak positively and don’t bring up your bad experiences. When you have an appointment, act excited. When your child sees you happy about visiting the dentist, they’re more likely to feel good about their first visit.

Introduce them to the office beforehand

For many kids, the newness of an experience is very intimidating. Your child will likely feel more comfortable at their first appointment if they’ve seen the office beforehand. Call us about popping in and touring before your appointment. We also have pictures of the office on our website.

Schedule the appointment at the right time

We’ve found that kids do better at morning appointments because they’re more alert. If they’re sleepy and grumpy, their experience won’t be as positive. Having the appointment early also means you don’t have to deal with hours of anticipation. It’s also a good idea to leave yourself a little extra time to get to the appointment. Hurrying and worrying about being late can also stress kids out.

Kid-friendly dentistry in Holly Springs, NC

At Springs Village Dentistry, we offer a variety of services for children, including cleanings, exams, sports mouthguards, fillings, sealants, and more. We’re also registered with the Baby Oral Health Program. For your convenience, we have block appointments, so it’s possible to get your whole family’s dental care taken care of in one visit. If you have any questions or want to schedule a visit, please contact us today!

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