The first year of a person’s life is full of milestones. For your child, make sure a dentist visit is one of them! An early first visit is essential. The dentist can be a big help in making sure your child’s mouth is developing properly.
Why so early? As soon as your baby’s teeth come through, your baby can get cavities. It is also vital to make sure that your child’s teeth, jaw, and gums are developing properly. It is important for parents to be proactive in their children’s dental care early on–this can set up your child for healthy smiles for a lifetime!
There are a few things you can do to prepare for the visit. First, talk to your child about the appointment. Be positive and happy! They will take their cues from you. Have them practice opening their mouth on cue to get ready for the dentist.
Another thing you can do to prepare for the appointment is to fill out the new patient forms before coming in, as it may be easier to fill them out at home before coming into the office. Also, prepare some questions for your dentist. If your child is teething, sucking his or her thumb, using a pacifier too much, or other developmental issues, David Suttie can help you come up with solutions.
Lastly, don’t schedule the appointment during nap time! Pick a time when your child is usually well-rested and cooperative. This will help the appointment be a positive experience for all involved, especially your child.
If your child is a little fussy during the appointment, don’t fret! We understand that this is a new and stressful experience for your child. Work with the dentist to calm your child and remember–we are all on the same team!
To set your child’s first appointment in Napa, California, call Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children at 707-257-6453. Dr. David Suttie and our team will be happy to help you and your child have a great experience!