Your children’s first trip to the dentist should be within six months of their first tooth, and if possible, before their first birthday. Then, you should make sure that your children see the dentist every six months for regular cleanings and exams. Not everyone looks forward to a trip to the dentist, and kids are no different. But there are some things you can do to make the visits a little easier.
Regular trips to the dentist will help your children feel comfortable about their visits, and the sooner your children start, the more comfortable they will be. Speaking of regular dental visits, don’t reserve dental visits for toothaches and emergencies. You want to make visiting the dentist a positive experience for them. Don’t use a visit to the dentist as a threat or as an implied punishment.
If one of your children is nervous about an upcoming appointment, talk to our dentist about coming into the office before the appointment. This will give her a chance to meet the Dr. R. Bruce Howell and his staff, and see the examination room.
You can talk with your children if they express any concerns about the dentist. On the day of the appointment, they can always bring a favorite blanket or stuffed animal with them. You can always accompany your children back to the exam room and sit with them during the appointment.
If it is time for your child’s first appointment, we would love to meet you. If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and would like to plan a visit to Orem Pediatric Dentistry, give us a call at 801-802-7200.