A baby’s first tooth is an important childhood milestone, and it also signals the start of an exciting new chapter: it’s time to visit the dentist! With a bit of savvy preparation and the support of an experienced family dentist, like Dr. Mike Olsen at the Dental Clinic of Onalaska, your child can breeze through the experience with no fear and no tears. According to the dentist, it all comes down to three main factors.
Keep reading to learn the top three ways to prepare children for their first dental visit:
- Demystify The Experience: Remind your child that you have been going to the dentist since you were her age, and there is nothing to worry about! Explain that in combination with good brushing habits at home, visits to the dentist will ensure that their teeth stay clean and healthy.
- Skip The Scary Stuff: Be sure to minimize references to discomfort, strange noises, or any negative stereotypes, as those may instill a fear of the dentist that could be extremely difficult to overcome. If your child has a particularly active imagination, it’s best to leave the explanations to the dentist, who has been trained to communicate complex dental care details into easily digestible descriptions.
- Introduce The Dentist: Once you arrive on the day of the appointment, make it a priority to properly introduce your child to the dentist as you would a teacher or babysitter. Children will feel more comfortable having a new experience with someone they know rather than someone who feels like a stranger.
Dr. Mike Olsen and the team at the Dental Clinic of Onalaska are proud to serve the children and adults of La Crosse County with the very best in oral care. To schedule your appointment, call (608) 783-3341 or visit their website.