Your First Visit
The earlier you introduce your child to the dentist, the more comfortable they’ll be.
Often, an infant or toddler’s first dental visit is simply a short icebreaker to establish the dentist’s office as a safe, friendly location. Taking the time to do this will make all your subsequent visits much less stressful.
Our expert staff knows just how nerve-wracking a first visit can be, especially if you’re a new parent and their first tooth was a bit of a surprise—so they’ll be there to walk you through every step.
Start by following these tips to help things go more smoothly:
- Treat it as a casual sneak preview, not a serious event.The most important part of this trip is to simply make sure that your child is comfortable and understands everything that’s happening.
- You can also introduce the dentist by bringing your kid to your next cleaning or checkup. If they see their mom or dad acting calm in the dentist’s chair, they’ll learn that there’s nothing to fear.
- Ask the staff if your child can walk back and quickly take a look around the office. Let them feel involved in the tour and explain what they’re seeing to reassure them that this new environment isn’t scary at all.
- Make sure to plan these initial “preview visits” during a quiet time of day—that way, your child won’t feel rushed or overwhelmed. While you’re there, we can even share some tips on brushing, flossing, and other cavity-preventing habits.
Special thanks to our real patients Erin and Grace for being featured in this video.
Here at Kids Care Dental, we’ve also set up our offices to make nervous kids comfortable during every visit—especially the first one.
Our unique, kid-friendly waiting rooms are filled with TV and video games to help children relax before going inside. Spending a few extra minutes hanging out in a fun waiting room can be a perfect way to ensure a stress-free introduction.
We’d love to help give your child a great first impression of visiting the dentist. Just call 847-616-5437 to talk to our expert staff or schedule an appointment.