Wondering when your child should have their first visit at our pediatric dentist’s office in Kalamazoo? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday.
But it’s never too late for your child to see the dentist. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive with the following tips:
- Inform your child of the visit and explain that the dentist and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.
- Discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. One way to convey good feelings about dental visits is to remind your child that going to the dentist is a sign they are growing up. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
- It is best that you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill, or hurt. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
- Please do not tell your child that the "dentist will not hurt you" as this may never have entered his/her mind. Instead, you may wish to assure your child that the dentist and his helpers will be gentle and friendly.
If your child is 3 years old or older, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff, by themselves, through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed especially for children. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension.