Columbia Dental is a brand new, State of the Art and inviting SPA-themed dental practice in Hamilton, NJ. Dr. Avani Patel D.M.D. is a high rated dentist who has a very gentle approach to dentistry, she helps familities with their dental needs, along with Dr. Steven Reff and Dr. Pankaj Puri (Orthodontist).
Although it may sound early, it is recommended that children attend their first dentist visit by the time they turn one! Visiting the dentist at a young age is important as it allows for a dental professional to ensure that your child’s teeth are healthy and developing properly. Before visiting a dentist for the first time, there are some details to consider and steps to take to prepare:
- Choose a Kids Friendly Dentist: Dentists who are kid friendly provide special care, and focuse on development of young teeth and the oral health of children, enabling them to best help your child. They also use techniques that help children feel more comfortable and are generally comfortable in dealing with anxiety specific to children. At Columbia Dental, Dr. Patel’s provides great focus in kids and children’s dentistry, and this means that she knows how to expertly treat children in ways that make them feel safe, making future visits even easier!
- Minimize Your Anxiety: When visiting the dentist with your child, it is important to remain calm and to hide any anxiety, since parents can pass their dental anxiety onto their children. Instead of acting nervous or negative, keep conversations positive and appear excited. Discussing what happens at the dentist and why it is important to go will also build understanding and minimize fear.
- Familiarize Your Child With the Dentist: By reading books, watching videos, or doing crafts that help teach about teeth, smiles, and the dentist, your child will be more prepared for their dentist appointment. This will help the visit go smoothly, as your child will have a better idea of what to expect and make the visit less scary.
- Schedule the Visit at an Appropriate Time: Nobody knows your child better than you! That means that you will know when it is best to schedule a dentist appointment, a time of day where your child is often in a good mood and least likely to have a tantrum. This may be after naptime or lunch, whatever time you think your child will be most cooperative, since that will increase the success of the appointment.
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