Talk to them about what is going to happen, and be very positive and excited about it. Reading books or watching videos about their first dental visit is very helpful. We have had parents recommend this PBS Daniel Tiger video . It does a great job in showing a child what to expect so they will be more confident during their visit.
Mom and Dad can prepare ahead too… fill out your new patient forms online ahead of time. Our new patient forms can be found on our website. Make a list of questions you may have. thumb sucking, pacifiers, teething…..all of these are areas of concern to parents, so please ask away!
When scheduling your child’s first appointment, find a time when your child is well rested and ready to cooperate. Make sure they have had a light meal, so they are not hungry during their visit. Many parents have their child brush their teeth before leaving for their visit. That’s great. During your visit, Dr Milewski will check your child’s mouth for injuries, cavities or any other issues. And our hygienist will clean and polish your child’s teeth, and talk to them about how to brush and floss.
Setting the ground work ahead of time for your child’s first visit to the dentist is so important! Well done, Mom and Dad, for taking the time to set your child up for success!