Children's dental visits: helping kids feel comfortable
As the father of three young children, I know how important it is that our little ones feel comfortable with their dentist.
Fear of the dentist, stemming from a parent's own traumatic young dental memory, is often passed on to the child unintentionally. It doesn't have to be that way.
Your local general dentist received intensive training in compassionate care for all ages of patients because we now understand that positive early dental experiences serve as a critical foundation for healthy smiles from childhood to the teenage years and beyond.
Practice for the dental visit. Have your child lie back on the couch or in a reclining chair. Hold a mirror up so they can see while you look in their mouth and count their teeth. Encourage them to brush the teeth of their doll or stuffed animal to get more accustomed to the dental routine.
Tell your child what to expect. Most importantly, emphasize that seeing the dentist keeps their teeth strong, healthy and beautiful. This will help motivate them to want to go to the dentist.
Early visits are critical. A child's initial visit is recommended no later than the first birthday. Early experiences create a positive association with the dental office visit that leads to a lifetime of healthy smiles, while also providing opportunities to educate parents about how they can help their child avoid cavities and other oral health problems.
Ultimately, it's all about your child and a healthy smile that can last a lifetime.
Gifford Family Dentistry
1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Suite E
Portland, OR 97239