Setting your child up for success at their dental appointments starts even before their first visit! There are many things you can do at home to get your child excited about going to the dentist so they will know that dental appointments are fun and not scary. Your children's dentist in Concord has some tips for getting your child excited about the dentist.
Bring Your Child to Your Own Appointments
A great way to introduce your child to the dental office is to bring them along to your own dental appointments. They'll see you in the chair and understand that going to the dentist is easy and can even be fun. Leading by example at home is also important. Make sure that your child sees you brushing and flossing your teeth regularly so you can discuss the importance of removing "sugar bugs" to promote good oral health.
Have Your Child Visit the Dentist Early On
At White Park Dental, we recommend that you bring your child in for their first dental appointment around the age of 1 or 2 years old. This gives them a chance to acclimate to the office. They'll get a ride in the "big chair," we'll count their teeth, introduce them to the dental instruments we use, and inform you of any developmental concerns you should be aware of. We strive to make every visit to our office fun and upbeat for your child, as we hope they will look forward to their time with us.
Assist Your Child With Brushing and Flossing
Your child will need help with brushing and flossing until around the ages of 6 or 7 years old. Using an egg timer to help them brush for two minutes makes the routine more fun and challenging for your child. Coming up with ways to make brushing and flossing fun will help your child learn the right skills and techniques for optimum brushing and protect their teeth from tooth decay.
Children's Dentist in Concord NH
At White Park Dental, we welcome patients of all ages to our practice and we especially love seeing the little ones. Our dental team is friendly and caring and we offer a wide range of services to meet every patient's needs. Contact our office today to schedule your child's next appointment.