Make Your Child's Dental Visit Enjoyable with the Help of Your Dentist in Peoria IL
It is an often misconceived notion that just because a child’s “baby teeth” eventually fall out, that they don’t matter. Taking care of these teeth is going to be a strong indicator and precedent for how the adult teeth are treated in your child’s future. Not only this, but the spacing and alignment, as well as potential disease, that mistreatment of these teeth can carry over to adult teeth as well.
Your Peoria family dental care provider suggests getting your child into see the dentist as soon as their first set of teeth are coming in, probably just after or around their first birthday. At this visit, you both can go over proper cleaning methods for the child’s teeth as well as discussing dietary ideas that will help avoid the ever-growing issue of childhood cavities.
But what about before this visit? Isn’t the dentist just scary to all children alike?
The answer to this question should be a big NO. Most of the fears we come to develop can start young, but start irrationally. If you, as the parent, show a fear of the dentist or use language or ideas that are scary to the child- they can be frightened. By treating the dentist visit as a visit to any other place they enjoy going, you can help in establish that they have an anxiety and fear-free relationship with their dentist for years to come.
To better accomplish preparation for their first visit, contact our Peoria family dental care office to discuss what will be happening at the appointment. That way you can discuss with your child what is happening, why it is important and show them how “big kids do it too.”
Use of bribery, especially with sugary snacks, is never a good idea necessarily. The promise of a toy or a trip to a favorite amusement park may be more appropriate but can also lead to a risky correlation developing early on.
For more assistance in preparing your child for their first visit to our Peoria family dental care office, or to find out what that visit will include, call our office today at (309) 688-7321.