4 Steps to Prepare Your Toddler for Their First Visit to the Dentist

Some toddlers enjoy their first visit to the dentist, while others get nervous or even upset. As a parent, there are many things you can do to prepare your child for their first dentist appointment in Victorville, CA. Taking these steps can help you make your child’s first visit to the dentist an overall more positive one.

1. Talk Positively About Visiting the Dentist

Children absorb their parents’ views by listening to them talk and by observing their attitudes toward others. If you talk positively about the dentist, then you’ll signal to your child that there is nothing to fear by visiting the dentist. Make a point of saying nice things about the dentist after your visit.

2. Read Books About Visiting the Dentist

There are many children’s books about visiting the dentist. Take time to read to your child from age-appropriate books with pleasing illustrations. Talk to your child about the stories afterward to further make an impression on your child.

3. Choose a Time When Your Child Will Be Relaxed

Avoid appointments that occur either before your child’s nap or at the end of the day when your child is more likely to be worn out. Schedule the visit for a time when your child will be more relaxed, compliant, and tolerant of new experiences.

4. Find the Right Dentist

Most important of all is to find the right dentist in Victorville, CA. Call around to find a dentist with pediatric experience who can make your child’s first visit a positive one overall. Dr. Paul Bell has been practicing dentistry for decades and is a Fellow of the American Society Dentistry for Children. To make an appointment, call today.


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