4 Things to Consider When Scheduling Your Child’s First Dental Appointment
When it comes time to schedule your child’s first dental visit, you may have a lot of questions. Here are 4 important things to keep in mind that can help make the process smoother for you as a new parent.
#1: Schedule the First Appointment by Age 1
In reality, the recommendation is to schedule your child’s first dental visit as soon as the first tooth breaks through the gums, but if it’s too late for that or your child’s teeth are coming in a little late, then age 1 at the latest.
#2: Find the Right Pediatric Dental Practice
While going to a family practice that is willing to see parent and child together sounds convenient, pediatric dentists go to school for an extra two years to be able to care for the teeth of infants and children properly. That includes understanding the best ways to reduce the anxiety of children, so finding a pediatric dentist can help put an early curb on the potential for fear of the dentist’s office.
#3: Schedule the Appointment at the Right Time of Day
If you want your child to hate the dentist forever (we know you don’t), schedule the first appointment right during his or her nap time. If you want a positive experience for your baby’s first time in the dentist’s chair, pick a time of day he or she is usually wide awake.
#4: Check the Pediatric Dental Practice’s Website
A good pediatric dentist’s office should inform you of what you and your child can expect on the first visit to the office. This can be a great tool to help you be prepared.
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we’re all about working together with parents to instill good preventative habits in your children. A good routine at home, couple with a checkup every 6 months, is the best way to keep your child smiling from infancy onward. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists, call 619-741-1500.