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A Parent’s Guide: How to Prepare Your Child for The Dentist

June 18, 2024

Dental health is tied to overall health and well-being. It is crucial to schedule regular visits every six months to ensure your teeth are in good condition. Your children should receive the same treatment from the moment their first tooth comes in. But taking kids to the dentist can be a hassle; here is everything you need to know about visiting the dentist with your little ones. 

The Importance of Early Dental Visits

Forty-six percent of children from ages 5 to 19 suffer from untreated tooth decay and cavities in one or more of their teeth. Parents and guardians should set up a dental appointment for their child after their baby’s first tooth has erupted or by the time the child has reached one year old. Regular appointments after the initial visit can ensure your child has fewer cavities and that no conditions go untreated. 

During the first few visits, the doctor will demonstrate the best ways to floss and brush a baby’s teeth. Your provider will also talk about proper dental diet. The dentist will examine your child’s mouth to make sure their jaw and teeth are developing the way they should.

It’s always a good idea to come prepared with questions about your baby’s dental care. From teething to thumb-sucking to proper foods and diet, the dentist can help answer your concerns.

Preparing Your Child for the Dentist 

A child’s first few visits to the dentist can determine their perspective on dentist offices for the rest of their life. At Apple Tree Dental, we aim to make the process smooth and comfortable for all. Still, a good dental visit isn’t just about the appointment itself. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when planning a dental visit for your little one: 

Tips for a Smooth Dental Visit

While a trip to the dentist with a kid has the potential to be less than fun, you might try these tricks to make the visit a little smoother:

At Apple Tree Dental, we aim to provide an educational and smooth experience for parents and children. No matter how tiny your little one is, we can help you understand how to care for their teeth. Apple Tree Dental enjoys providing quality dental care in Rexburg for families big and small.