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How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

July 30, 2022
Posted By: Jonathan Sierk Children's Dentistry
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First visits to the dentist are an exciting and important time for a little one! Dental visits will be a lifelong journey for your son or daughter, and starting them off with a positive experience is our goal at Sierk Children's Dentistry.

Your little one should begin seeing their Castle Pines children's dentist as soon as their teeth arrive or by their first birthday. This may seem early, but it's never too soon to build relationships! Here are some tips to help parents prepare their kids for their first dental visits.

#1 Oral Care Begins Before Teeth Arrive

You can start oral care with your infant by gently wiping their gums off with a warm cloth after feedings. This practice eliminates the bacteria in their mouth and helps them get used to oral care as soon as possible.

When their first baby teeth arrive, you can brush them with a soft infant toothbrush and toothpaste that is safe for them to swallow.

#2 Talk Positively About the Dentist

You can begin to prepare your child for the dentist with stories, coloring pages, and discussions about the dentist, so they know what to expect. Keep it as positive as possible. Even if your own past experiences at the dentist haven't been the best, you want to set your little one up for success when it's their turn.

#3 Set Up Incentives

As your little one gets older, you can use incentives like small prizes or fun activities to promote positive dental experiences. For example, maybe your three-year-old gets to have a fun outing with you if they have a cavity-free dental checkup. 

#4 Lead By Example at Home

You can be the example of exemplary brushing and flossing for your son or daughter by letting them watch you at home and supervising their brushing sessions.

Is it time for your child's first dental visit? Contact your Highland's Ranch pediatric dentist at (303) 865-4066 to schedule your appointment.


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