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Your Child's First Visit to the Edmonton Dentist

When should your children start visiting the dentist in Edmonton?

Child's first dental visit, EdmontonVisiting a dentist can be scary for young children, but it doesn’t have to be. The fear children have of dentists often comes from never seeing a dentist until there is a problem with their teeth. If a child’s first dental visit is routine and happens when the child is quite young, he or she can learn that the dentist is a good guy, and that dental visits can even be fun.

How old should a child be at their first dental visit?

Children as young as one year old should see a dentist. Oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay can occur as soon as the first tooth erupts, so it is generally advised to schedule a child’s first appointment about six months after they get their first tooth.

How to prepare your child for their first trip to the dentist

The first thing to do to prepare your child for the first dental visit is to find out from the dentist what will take place during the appointment. Usually a child’s first visit is brief, and will involve having the dentist get to know the child and develop a friendly relationship. Once you have talked to the dentist about what will happen at the visit, you can then explain it to your child. You may also want to find children’s books about going to the dentist and read them to or with your child.

The first visit to the office

The first visit is largely about making the child comfortable with the dentist and the office. It is also a learning experience for you. You and your child will learn at this visit about how to take care of your child’s teeth and how it relates to his or her overall health.

Future visits

Children should have dental checkups every six months. When a dentist can detect problems early, solutions are much easier. In the future, if problems like crooked teeth or wisdom teeth arise, a child who has been accustomed to regular dental visits from an early age can face these challenges without stress.

When you are ready to schedule your child’s first dental visit, feel free to ask any questions you have when you make the call. The first trip to the Edmonton dentist is a learning experience for both you and your child, and can pave the way for a lifetime of good oral health.

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