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There is a great deal going on during childhood, and one of those things is the formation of the habits and attitudes that will set the tone for your child’s dental health for the rest of their lives. Creating a positive outlook about seeing the dentist will help to ensure that your child has a lifetime of healthy smiles. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should not be for a toothache or another dental emergency. Her first visit to the dentist should be within six months of her first tooth, but before her first birthday. If however, your child is a little older, and the first visit is coming up, there are some things you can do to get ready.

Talk to the dentist about visiting the office before the appointment. Give your child a chance to meet the dentist and the staff, see the office and find out what will happen during the appointment. You can also read books and watch videos about going to the dentist, and if your child is still feeling anxious, spend some time talking with her about her feelings and fears. On the day of the appointment, it might make her feel better if she can bring a favorite toy, stuffed animal or blanket. You can also talk with the dentist about staying in the exam room with your child, or if your child is small enough, you might be able to hold her on your lap. Don’t tell you child that a trip to the dentist won’t hurt, and don’t use a trip to the dentist as a threat or a punishment. Instead, tell her that the dentist will clean her teeth and give her a bright, beautiful smile. If she is well behaved during her appointment, reinforce that behavior with plenty of praise and encouragement.

If it is time for you, or your child to have a routine cleaning and exam, or if you are looking for a family dentist, take some time to meet Dr. William D. Ledford. If you live in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Blue Stream Dental , call 816-569-9787. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!