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3 Tips for Creating Strong Dental Habits for Children

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Much like taking their first steps or eating their first solid food, visiting the dentist for the first time is a milestone for children. Most parents don’t realize that kids should visit the dentist right around one year of age—or whenever that first tooth erupts.

For children’s dentistry in Tumwater, WA, you can bring your entire family to see us. Call Tranquility Dental Wellness today!

1. Bring Kids into the Dentist Earlier Rather than Later

Some parents wait until kids are older to make that first trip to the dentist, but the American  Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see the dentist as their first teeth come in—and we agree. This gets kids used to the dentist at an early age, and children who see the dentist regularly when they are young tend to follow the habit for the rest of their life.

2. Explain What Will Happen at the Dentist

Knowledge is power, and this holds true for children as well. Let them know what they can expect at their first dental appointment. This goes a long way toward alleviating anxiety toward the unknown.

3. Keep Your Own Fears of the Dentist to Yourself

If you have anxiety yourself about visiting the dentist, don’t let your child know about it. Try to put a positive spin on visiting the dentist whenever possible.

Call Tranquility Dental Wellness

When you need children’s dentistry in Tumwater, WA, we invite you to bring your children to Tranquility Dental Wellness. We love caring for kids because we know how important it is to set them on the path to a lifetime of good oral healthcare. 

If your child is feeling anxious about his or her first visit to the dentist, be sure to let us know ahead of time, and we can provide a bit of extra TLC to help ensure the experience is a good one. Call us today to make an appointment!

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