The Importance of Having a Pediatric Dentist in Winnipeg

Are you nervous about taking your child to visit a general or pediatric dentist in Winnipeg for the first time? You can rest easy with Pearl Family Dental Care and Ellice Dental Group. Our experienced general dentists have provided dental care for children for many years and will start your child on a path of good oral health. Below are several ideas to help you and your child prepare for your child’s first visit to the dentist:

Talk about It: Dentists would argue that it’s never too early to begin talking to your child about his or her teeth! One of the best ways to prepare for something as new as the your child’s first dental visit is to begin talking about teeth and dental hygiene well in advance of your child’s first visit. You can make learning about teeth a fun experience with your child since children love to learn about the world around them and themselves! Believe it or not, there are a variety of children’s resources out there for teaching children about all things related to their teeth including fun books, songs, activities, and more!

Have a Good Attitude:  Your child relies on you for everything when they are very young. This makes them attuned to your personal feelings and attitudes about situations. Even if you have to play it up, show your child that you are excited about dental health. At the same time, you want to portray that you are relaxed about visiting the dentist and that there is nothing to worry about. If you are happy and calm about trying something new, it’s likely that your child will be too when they visit a general or pediatric dentist in Winnipeg for the first time!

Practice Together: At one point in your life, brushing your teeth was a new concept to you. We all know that brushing your teeth is incredibly important to our oral hygiene and your child needs to learn that, too! As with learning any new task, doing the task together with a parent, older sibling, or guardian is one of the best ways to learn! Brushing your teeth as a group activity will allow you to be the example and it will make learning a new daily task more fun! At first, you can introduce the motion of brushing teeth while you actually perform the task for the child. As the child begins to learn under direct supervision, they may pick up on the technique themselves. However, they should always be in your presence in the learning stage. If your child is not interested in learning how to brush his or her teeth, you can always incorporate some kind of fun reward following the completion of a successful teeth brushing.

Choose the Right Dentist: Perhaps the best way to have a positive attitude about taking your child to the dentist is to know you are visiting the right general dentist or pediatric dentist in Winnipeg. While a convenient location, flexible office hours and kid-friendly office are important, the most important part is to choose a dentist you trust and feel comfortable with. It’s not too much to ask of your dental office to have staff that care about you and your child, are compassionate and friendly, and have the experience and knowledge necessary to provide you the best care possible.

Pearl Family Dental Care and Ellice Dental Group have years of experience in providing the dental care your child needs. We are happy to answer all your questions to help you feel comfortable and well-informed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us today.