Three Ways To Ensure Your Toddler's First Dental Visit Goes Smoothly

Posted on: 5 December 2017

Getting a toddler to do anything they don't want to do can be a real struggle. So if your toddler has his or her first dentist appointment coming up, you may worry that it will turn into a squirmy, tear-laden event. It's normal for anyone, including a toddler, to feel nervous and uncomfortable about visiting the dentist. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to make the experience go more smoothly. Here's a look.

Watch Some Videos First

Look for some videos on YouTube of people getting their teeth cleaned by the dentist. Make sure you watch the whole video first to ensure it portrays going to the dentist as a positive experience. You don't want your toddler to see a video where someone has a tooth extracted or yelps in pain! Seeing someone else getting their teeth cleaned will make the process a bit more familiar when the dentist does it to your toddler. Watch a few of these videos together, all the while explaining what is happening and answering any of your toddler's questions. Make sure they know that seeing the dentist is something everyone must do. If your child likes to brag about what a "big boy" or "big girl" they are, explain that seeing the dentist is something that big kids do.

Visit The Office

Consider visiting the dental office to make an appointment in person rather than calling on the phone. Take your toddler with you. While they are there, they can get acquainted with the waiting room and the toys it contains. The dentist may even let them peek into a room or maybe even take a ride in the chair that tilts back and forth! Play up the fun part about going to the dentist so that the next time they come, they are in a good mood when they step into the office. As everyone knows, it's easier to work with a toddler who is feeling cheerful.

Go First Thing In The Morning

Many toddlers start off the day in a good mood when they are well-rested and have just had breakfast. If you make the appointment first thing in the morning, you're less likely to have to deal with someone who is cranky because they just missed their nap, or who is hungry and takes out their hunger on the dentist. Give your child a good breakfast, brush their teeth, and head out the door before anyone has more time to become nervous.

For additional advice, contact a pediatric dental office like Milner Dentistry.