Whether your toddler's smile is "gummy," or a tooth or two is poking through, it's a good idea to start planning for your child's first dental appointment. While baby teeth will not hang around forever, they are saving spaces for permanent teeth. Keeping your toddler's tiny teeth and gums clean and healthy is important. The team at Frederick Dental is proud to serve your entire family, and welcomes your toddler to a very fun and "happy" first visit.
Setting the Tone
Parents, how you prepare your toddler for their first dental appointment can make a difference for years to come. Setting a positive tone and expectation is important. Begin by talking to your child about what's going to happen. Keep the conversation light and simple. You may even practice looking in your toddler's mouth and brushing techniques to give them an idea of what the dentist will do.
What to Expect
Your toddler's first dental visit will probably be short and informal. The dentist and team will work to put your child at ease by explaining every step of the appointment in a fun, interactive way. Your child will learn about different instruments and the funny sounds that they make. They may also get to wear colorful goggles and pick their own fruit-flavored toothpaste. When children are encouraged to "participate" in their visit, they are more likely to enjoy brushing their teeth and visiting the dentist regularly.
Chances are, the dentist will also speak to you and your child about healthy oral-hygiene habits. This is a good time to share any concerns you may have that pertain to your child's oral health. These may include teething, thumb sucking, pacifiers, or certain foods your child eats.
After a few finishing touches, including polishing and a quick fluoride treatment, children may pick a prize before heading out the door. This is a great way to end a "happy" first visit!
We're Ready to Meet You!
The team at Frederick Dental is happy to schedule your toddler's first dental appointment. With preventative care as our primary focus, we understand the importance of this visit, and will work hard to make it a happy one. Call us today!