Preparing Your Child for Their Dental Exam

Five young friends standing outdoors smilingVisiting the dentist can be a scary and anxiety-inducing situation. For a child, this can be the things nightmares are made of. The sounds, the lights, the strangers, and not to mention the tools in their mouths can all have a nasty impact. Of course having the right pediatric dentist in Van Nuys can help. But as a parent, it’s also important to prepare a child for their dental exam.

First, schedule dental exams at a time when the child will be better rested or more likely to cooperate. Be positive and try not to use words that have negative connotations, while still being honest about the experience. Remind them that their parents visit the dentist too. Encouraging them to share their fears will also help counteract any apprehension. Make them part of the experience, not just the unwitting victim of it. Always take the time to improve their idea of the dental experience and take an active role in improving their oral health.

A child is only as prepared as a parent. And if grown-ups are forthcoming, yet compassionate, it shouldn’t be a hassle getting children into a dental exam. From infants to teens, oral care is a must.

For more, contact our Van Nuys dentist.

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Taking Kids to the Dentist

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Taking kids to the dentist regularly is just as important as taking them for regular pediatrician visits. Your child’s baby teeth are critical to their good dental and overall health, and they act as placeholders for the secondary teeth that will soon be making their appearance. Our LA dentist offers kid-friendly dental care that can help your child establish good dental hygiene habits right from the start.

Children should have their first dental visit when their first teeth begin to erupt and no later than twelve months. These primary teeth help your baby learn to chew food and speak clearly. Keeping them healthy requires the same good dental habits required for adult teeth. We offer dental education for children of all ages and provide a wide range of preventive and restorative pediatric dental treatments, including checkups, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings, and dental crowns.

Most kids need to visit the dentist about every six months just like adults. However, some kids may need to visit more frequently based on their personal oral health needs. Call our office today to learn more about pediatric dentistry or to schedule your child’s appointment with our kids dentist in Los Angeles.