It’s no secret that it can be difficult for many children to visit the dentist.

However, visiting the dentist is more than simply getting teeth cleaned – it’s about creating healthy habits that ensure good oral health well into adulthood. Having good oral health also means that you’re taking care of your overall health, too!

A study conducted by the ADA (American Dental Association) found that people diagnosed with gum disease were 40% more likely to have at least one other chronic condition. Looking at the research, it makes sense to pay attention to your oral health and hygiene. So, what can you do to help your child visit the dentist with little to no difficulty?

Here are some tips that could help:

  1. Have the kids come with you to your dental visits. Children learn from the behavior of their parents and guardians, so it’s best that you demonstrate first what you expect of your child. If they see that you can visit the dentist easily, it can help them understand that it’s okay for them to see the dentist, too.
  2. Find a dentist who has great reviews from other parents. Dentists who are great at working with children will most definitely have earned some honest and glowing reviews from local families who care about their children’s comfort and care. You can even introduce your child to the clinic by asking the dental team for a free walk-through with your family.
  3. Make sure your child is well-fed, hydrated, and well-rested before their visit. A hungry and thirsty child can be difficult to reason with, and they’ll be more likely to become agitated.
  4. Stay with your child throughout the entire dental visit. Your presence, along with your words and calm demeanor, will help your child remain calm as well.
  5. Start your dental visits early. According to the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists), your child should see the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears, or right after their first birthday – whichever occurs first. Not only is early monitoring important for the growth and development of your child’s teeth, but it also introduces the routine of dental visits early. Growing up and knowing who your dentist is at an early age creates a familiar and comforting relationship.

Is it time to book an appointment for your child? Come see Dr. Stephen Coates and his experienced dental team in Long Beach, CA, who have serviced local families in the area for decades. See why our dental office has a 4.9-star rating on Google!

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