At Eagle Rock Dental Care we think the best age is about 3 years old to start seeing the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Some dentists may recommend an earlier age for your child’s first dental visit, but we have found that 3 years old is just right. If you are worried about the oral health of your child and he or she is not 3 years of age that is perfectly okay. We are happy to see your children or answer any questions you may have no matter their age. Three years of age is simply a good age to begin developing a relationship with your child and teaching them how to take care of their teeth – even if they are going to fall out at a later age.
At three years of age, we can begin to teach your child about how to use a toothbrush and how often to brush their teeth. Bringing your children in at 3 years of age will help teach your kids the importance of dental hygiene and get them on the right track to a bright and healthy smile.
Picking the Right Dentist For Your Child
So it is time to take your child to the dentist. Most parents take their children to the dentist that they use. This is a great choice provided your dentist has experience with children. You may even want to take your child to a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist has extra training in working with children and caring for their oral health. The best thing about a pediatric dentist is he has lots of experience dealing with all the squirming in the dentist chair. Not to mention, the waiting room will have lots of toys and distractions for children
Your Child’s First Visit
If there is no obvious issue, the first appointment will most likely be short and more of a way to introduce your child to the dentist. The dentist will take a quick look at your child’s teeth and then talk with you and them about taking good care of their teeth. This should help reinforce good habits and give your children a good impression of the dentist.
Don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions you may have at the first visit. Hopefully, we can answer each one. Make a list if you need to. We will work together to give your children the best experience possible.
Ways To Make Your Child’s Visit Easier
The number one best way to make your child’s first experience at the dentist a good one is to not tell them about any bad experiences you may have had. The second they hear about the big bad drill they are likely to put up quite a fuss. Let’s make their experience the best possible.
At Eagle Rock Dental Care we make it our mission to make both you and your children’s experience the best possible. We are a general family and pediatric dentist in Idaho Falls, Rexburg, and Arco. We specialize in making your children’s first visit to the dentist a happy one. Call us or make an appointment online today.