Our sponsors at Just for Kids Dentistry are back to answer more of your dental dilemmas. Today, Dr. Sakai answers a reader who wondered when to start taking her child to the dentist and how to help her get ready.
A: The earlier children begin going to the dentist, the more comfortable they’ll be with exams throughout their life. Schedule their first appointment when they turn 1. Children can zero in on a parent’s fears, so if you’re afraid, the less you say the better. If you fuss or tell children how brave they are, they may think something scary will happen. Instead, share a book about going to the dentist. Mention that dentists and dental assistants like children and help them keep their teeth healthy.
Disclosure: We are proud to be sponsored by Dr. Sakai and his team at Just for Kids Dentistry on River Road. I’ve heard from so many readers that Dr.Sakai and his hygienists were Awesome with their first timers. When you call for a tour or schedule your appointment, I hope you’ll mention Sounds Fun Mom!