Kids Dental Appointments 101

“When should a child first start seeing the dentist?”

  • At one year old, or when a child has teeth that touch eachother. If your child still has no teeth at 1 year, wait until he/she has two teeth close enough to touch before scheduling their first dental appointment.

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“How can I minimize fear of the dentist in my child?”

  • Children can sense uneasiness in their parents–the more relaxed you are, the better the experience will be for both you and your child. Be as calm as you can and you will be surprised at how seamlessly your child mimics your behavior.

“When should my child start brushing/flossing their teeth?”

  • Until your child can tie his/her shoes on their own, they do not posess the dexterity to brush or floss on their own either. Begin brushing as soon as your child has teeth and begin flossing as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.

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“What’s so special about Pediatric Dentists?”

  • Treating teeth in children and adults may be similar, but pediatric dentists receive special training in child behavior that facilitates their ability to make every child’s visit to the dentist a positive experience! They can explain things so simply that a child can understand, they prevent any surprises by following the “Tell, Show, Do” teaching philosophy, and they make their offices 100% kid-friendly.

Dr. Johnson takes pediatric dental care in Utah to a new level. His passion for helping children develop strong habits from a young age and making them feel comfortable in a dental operatory make him the best dentist in Riverton and the best pediatric dentist in Utah. Call his office today to schedule your child’s next appointment.

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