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Many people have grown up over the years with a fear of the dentist. At Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc, Dr. Anthony Scoma and his staff want your child to be ready for her visit, and to be comfortable at the office. One way to do that is start your dental visits early. The first visit to the dentist should take place within six months after your child’s first tooth appears but before her first birthday.

To make the first trip to the dentist as easy as possible, Dr. Scoma suggests scheduling the appointment for the morning after your child has had a good night’s sleep when she is likely to be more cooperative. It’s also important that you keep a positive, upbeat attitude since your child will be taking her cues from you. If she senses that you are anxious, that will make her anxious as well. Instead of telling your child that the trip to the dentist won’t hurt, tell her that the dentist will work to make sure her teeth are healthy. It’s also a good idea to have your child bring a favorite toy with her, and to let her know that you go to the dentist, too.

Take some time before the visit to talk with your child about going to the dentist, and let her voice any concerns or fears she may have about her first trip. Take some time with your child to read books or watch videos about visiting the dentist. You should not bribe your child to go to the dentist, and you should not threaten her if she doesn’t want to go.

You may want to fill out the patient forms before your visit, and it’s a good idea to have a list of questions to ask the doctor about your concerns about your child’s dental health.

Dr. Scoma wants to make sure that every visit your child makes to his office is a pleasant one. Contact his office in La Jolla, California at 858-551-9700 to schedule your child’s visit today.