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How Can I Prepare My Child for Their First Dental Appointment?

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While many adults have deep-seated fears about visiting the dentists, the next generation can benefit from learning more about their oral health and starting a new trend of positive experiences in the dental chair. Many patients are curious as to the best way to introduce their child to their family dentist for general dentistry work. Cleanings and examinations are just as important for children as they are for adults, regardless of whether or not the child has their permanent adult teeth. Learning how to take good care of their teeth and gums is essential at a young age to instill advantageous regimens and behaviors that will continue through to adulthood.

Preparing your child for their first general dentistry appointment at Miami Modern Dental is key to starting a positive relationship between the child and Dr. Pasquier. It is essential that you make sure you emphasize the importance of maintaining regular dental appointments on top of daily regimens such as brushing, flossing, and eating a healthy diet low in sugars and acids. Tell them how happy it makes the dentist when they see healthy teeth. For very young children, sometimes playing "dentist" with them is an idea that most kids warm up to quite easily. Take turns checking each other's teeth, and talk about ways to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Oftentimes parents find it is easiest to schedule their own recall appointments with their child, so that their child can watch them receive their dental care before they get to sit in the dentist's chair. This works very well for children that like to know what to expect, and who have a tendency to follow in their parent's "footsteps."

Talking about the appointment in a positive nature will enforce that going to the dentist is just a part of life. Visiting the dentist regularly and familiarizing them with Dr. Pasquier and the dental environment will help instill positive enforcement. Dr. Pasquier recommends using a reward after their appointment to also get them excited about visiting and enjoying a treat or a fun night out. Many children will focus on the reward instead of the dental visit.

If you want to learn more about ways to prepare your child for their general dentistry visit to Miami Modern Dental, call our office today for recommendations and tips on getting your child excited about seeing the dentist!

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