Few parents look forward to taking a child for their first trip to an Edmonton dentist. They likely expect crying and fussing and an all-around unpleasant time. But the truth is that your child's first dental visit really doesn't have to go that way! At the Edmonton dental clinics of Azarko Dental Group, we've seen some solid strategies that parents use to make their child's first dental visit a success.
Easily the best way to have a smooth first visit with your child's Edmonton dentist and to ensure pleasant visits from then on is to schedule your child's first appointment as early as possible. By the time your child is one year old they will have likely had their first tooth for a few months, and they should start having professional dental examinations.
Even if your baby is having a cranky day, taking them for their first visit early on will probably go over much better than taking them when they become a troublesome toddler. They'll learn to see dental visits as a normal part of their life, and will be less likely to develop anxieties about the dentist later on.
When visiting an Edmonton dentist with their child, the most successful parents are the ones who keep a good attitude. If you have your own dental anxieties, or if you simply expect the worst, your child can easily pick up on your feelings and show resistance to going for their appointment.
A good way for both you and your child to develop a good attitude to visiting the dentist is to read children's stories about the dentist together, especially if your child is a bit older for their first visit. Check online or simply browse the shelves of your local bookstore and you'll likely find some good books pertaining to the subject.
Another great strategy for preparing a toddler for their first dental checkup is to play make-believe dental office together. After reading some books, you can pretend to check out teeth and mouth of your child's favourite toy. You can take a small mirror and simulate how a dentist would use it, but stay away from making drilling noises!
Finally, visiting your Edmonton dental clinic ahead of time for a meet-and-greet or just to have a look around can help your child feel calmer when they come in for their appointment. This may work better with a toddler or a young child, but even a one-year-old may benefit from stopping by the day before to become acquainted with the space.
Early Childhood Dental Care in Edmonton
Azarko Dental Group is happy to accommodate the needs of you and your child. Our friendly and welcoming clinics can help you both feel comfortable, and we'll make sure that your child's dental and oral health is properly looked after.
Azarko Dental Group has two conveniently located offices, allowing you to choose the Edmonton dental clinic that's closest to you:Azarko West
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8 Azarko South
969 James MowattTrail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4