Why Wait on Children’s Dentistry? Start Your Kid’s Journey Today!

As a parent, starting your kids off right with good nutrition and healthy habits is a priority. If you feed your kids vegetables early, chances are they will eat them later.  This practice includes their dental care.  It may seem less important since kids lose their baby teeth when they are around 5-6 years old, but getting them used to good dental hygiene habits, including visiting the dentist is a must for their future health.

At Dr. Walker’s office, we have decades of experience in family dentistry, including children’s dentistry. This means you don’t have to go through the extra effort of sending your kids to a separate Pediatric Dentist.  Dr. Rob Walker sees children as young as 3 years old. When parents bring their toddlers in at 2 years, not only is it convenient, but it gives us the opportunity to help them get familiar with seeing the dentist.  Kids can sit on mom’s lap or in a chair next to her while she gets her teeth examined and cleaned.  This helps familiarize the dental office experience for the kids.  They lose their fear and see the important of having their teeth cleaned and cared for rather than a big scary experience that many adults have about visiting the dentist.

By bringing your kids with you to your dental visit, you are helping to plant positive seeds for life that will offer them better health and beautiful smiles. Here are some ways that you can help your kids overcome their fear of the dentist:

  • Begin when they are little:  Bring your toddler with you when they are at 2 years old or have their first tooth come in, so they become familiar with the dental office environment.
  • Use Positive Words:  Emphasize the importance of keeping teeth healthy and avoid words like “shot” or “pain.”
  • Read Books Together: There are storytelling books available that explain a dental visit in a relatable way to your kids and may help answer their questions.
  • Role Play a Dentist: Imagination and play are a great way to help your child become more comfortable with the idea of a dental visit.  They can use toothbrushes and floss to pretend to be the patient and the dentist.
  • Encourage Communication: Let your kids ask questions and encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings about visiting the dentist.

These are a few simple ways to help get your children started early on their way to good oral health and will your life easier as parent when they need dental visits later.  If you are looking for a children’s dentistry in Chandler, Arizona, come visit us at Dr. Robert F Walker, DDS. Call for an appointment.