Dental Health - First Dentist Appointment
Tips & Advice

Dental Health - First Dentist Appointment

by Martha Scully

The first appointment is usually a simple exam where the child might sit on your lap, while the doctor has a look around.  The dentist would check on your child’s teeth, count them, look at their gums, and note anything out of the ordinary. 

If you’re worried about taking your child to the dentist for the first time, because perhaps you don’t enjoy seeing the dentist yourself; We have some tips to make it easier:

  • Start reading age-appropriate books about going to the dentist.  Some books have little toys that look like teeth or dental tools.  Your toddler can have fun playing with these and looking at the book’s pictures.  They can even bring the toys to the exam!
  • If you have an appointment coming up, take them along just to meet the doctor and staff before his/ her own visit.
  • Get your child use to brushing their teeth and say “I’m going to have a look” when they’re done.  If they are used to someone looking in their mouth, it won’t be strange when the dentist does it. 
  • If your kid gets screen time, show them a video about going to the dentist.  If they see their favourite cartoon characters be successful at the dentist, they might be excited to go themselves.
​Give these ones a try:     Peppa Pig:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpR67q2l458
                                                     Dudley the Dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkSQCyl_rfY
                                                    Berenstain Bears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qhELwf-Ggg
 
 
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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.