Creating a Positive Dental Experience For Your Child at iGrin

Young girl sitting in a dentist’s chair smiling as a dental assistant shows her how to brush

While those baby teeth may fall out, remember, as a parent, your goal is to set the foundation for your child’s oral health and how your little one cares for their teeth for life.

Creating a positive dental experience for your child is necessary to accomplish this.

Fortunately, when you and our team come together for this cause, good oral health and happy dental appointments are possible for your child, one visit at a time.

Early dental visits

Typically, your child should see the dentist for the first time within six months of their first tooth emerging.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) states this should be no later than their first birthday.

We can assess your little one’s teeth and gums at these early dental visits for any noticeable problems.

We also help you understand the proper dental care your little one needs.

The appointment jump-starts getting your child comfortable at the dentist as well.

Avoid passing on your dental fears

You’ve probably heard children are like sponges. This expression holds true with fears and anxiety.

They hear you stating you’re fearful of the dentist. Then, they automatically associate the dentist with a negative experience.

Therefore, no matter how scared of the dentist you are or how much dental anxiety you suffer from, try to keep those feelings to yourself.

In fact, we can help with adult dental fears, too.

Share with your child all the benefits of visiting the dentist and let them know we care about making sure they are comfortable.

Mention all the benefits of routine preventative dental care.

Let them know that the dentist will be gentle! Avoid the P-word (pain) and reassure them they won’t feel discomfort.

Try to get your child excited for their appointment.

Tell them they’re going to the dentist—an adventure—before that big day.

Let them know what to expect, putting it in a favorable light.

For instance, state how the dentist will:

  • Count their teeth
  • Make sure their teeth and gums are healthy
  • Brush their teeth with a special toothbrush
  • Give them a treatment to help keep their teeth healthy (fluoride, if age-appropriate)

If they have questions, answer them to the best of your ability.

Play dentist with them, if age appropriate, to show them how fun and non-scary it can be.

By setting the stage right, your child will get excited to visit the dentist, and we’ll take it from there—making the appointment a success for all.

How iGrin Pediatric Dentistry makes your child’s visit a good one

Boy in dentist chair holding a stuffed animal and brushing its teeth

Here’s some information about our practice that will put both your mind and your child’s at ease for their dental visit.

Creating a positive dental experience for your child starts the instant they enter our office.

Our friendly staff will welcome your child, speak in terms they understand, and take every step possible to make them comfortable.

If your child has special needs, don’t worry. We have specialized training to help them through the visit.

We provide blankets, noise-canceling headphones, and stuffed animals to keep your child calm.

Any time your child needs a potentially painful procedure or has an unmanageable amount of dental anxiety, we can offer sedation dentistryThis link leads to Childrens’ Dental Services page.

We use laughing gas, a child-safe sedation technique that will calm your little one.

Plus, we always evaluate your child’s medical history carefully before administering it, just a step we take to ensure their safety.

One last glance

Creating a positive dental experience for your child begins at home before you and your child arrive.

However, we pick up right where you left off as your partner.

We’ll give your child the care as you explained it and make every visit, from the first to the last, a good one.

Start your child’s dental journey off positively with iGrin Pediatric Dentistry. Schedule your little one’s first visit today!

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We’re conveniently located on Old Furnace Rd. in Boiling Springs, SC. Fortunately, that means those in Spartanburg, Greer, Gaffney, Taylors, Wade Hampton, Mauldin, SC, and Simpsonville can also benefit from our pediatric dentistry services.

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