iStock_000015278456SmallBefore visiting the dentist, make note of any questions or concerns you have about your teeth or oral health. If you are taking medications, write them down or be prepared to let the dentist know before any procedures are done. It isn’t necessary to brush your teeth before you arrive, but you are welcome to do so if it makes you more comfortable.

Most dentists recommend that children start their first dental visit by the age of three. Preparing your child for their first visit to the dentist is an important new chapter in their life. A few simple steps go a long way to making your child more confident while visiting the dentist.

Reassure your child that you go to the dentist, too. Tell them a bit about who and what they’ll see at the dentist’s office so that there aren’t any surprises. And finally, tell your child what they can expect.  Above all, emphasize that a dental visit is a positive experience. Explain to your child that visiting the dentist helps maintain good oral health. By fostering a positive attitude, you will increase the chances that your child will see a dentist regularly throughout life.