Kids Dentistry Weston – Getting Your Kid Ready for that First Visit
Kid’s dentistry can be a challenge for parents particularly that impression forming first dental exam. It’s almost as much about child psychology as it is about dental health. At our Weston dentist office we have a method to handle kids as young as 3 years old but we need the parent’s assistance to get the most out of it.
Young kids look to their parents for protection. They like home because it is familiar and it’s safe and that’s where their protectors (parents) live. How you prepare your child for their first visit goes a long way in determining if the child will continue dental care later in life.
Our suggestion is that you schedule an appointment for yourself and bring your child with you. Make a big deal out of having good looking teeth. When the child arrives s/he will find friendly people who make them feel comfortable and offer games, TV and blankets while you have your appointment.
When it’s time for that first exam, (their turn at the dentist just like Mommy or Daddy) explain that the dentist is going to “count their teeth” and use a tooth brush to touch each tooth and count them off. This gets the child prepared for having a stranger put things in their mouth.
All of us at Stephen J. Pyle dentist office in Weston have kids and we’ve been through this a thousand times. Dr. Pyle has been practicing child dentistry for over 25 years and is a whiz at putting young minds at ease and explaining what’s going on.
Kid’s Dentistry – The Start of a Lifetime Health Habit
Making that first exam an easy experience creates the mindset for later visits. Dr. Pyle is exceptionally experienced with kids in dentist chairs but he will be a stranger the first time. Home preparation by the parents who the kid trusts is important.
If you have a question regarding how to best prepare your kid, Dr. Pyle will take the time to explain the best strategies and give you a crash course in child oral health. Kid’s won’t think about their teeth until they lose one so it’s up to the parents to make brushing and dental care a part of their daily routine.