By Molly Cunningham / Live In Nanny.Com
There’s something about a visit to the dentist’s office that strikes fear into the hearts of many children, even if the dentist in question is a competent, good-natured individual who’s wholly dedicated to the care of kids’ teeth. Even after your child’s relationship with his dentist is established and his trust has been gained, there’s a strong chance that he’ll still be nervous or a bit frightened when the time for an appointment rolls around. These tips can help you prepare your child for his dental visits and eliminate some of the fear he feels about them.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that babies first visit the dentist when their primary teeth begin to erupt, or by their first birthday. Adhering to this guideline will allow you to introduce your child to his dentist when he’s still quite young, making it easier for him to grow accustomed to him. There are dozens of children’s books designed to get kids acquainted with the concept of visiting the dentist in a way that alleviates some of their anxiety in relation to the subject, so it’s wise to consider a trip to your local bookstore or favorite online retailer in the weeks leading up to an appointment.
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