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Your child’s first dental visit should occur within six months of their first tooth and before their first birthday. Afterward, your child should see the dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. It is normal for kids to feel apprehensive about seeing the dentist, but there are some things you can do to make the visit stress free.

You can always talk with your child about the visit to address any fears or concerns. There are also plenty of books and videos about visiting the dentist that you and your child can watch together. Don’t use a trip to the dentist as a threat or an implied punishment since doing so can instill fear. Don’t tell your child that the dental visit won’t hurt. Instead, explain that the dentist cleans teeth and makes sure that they are healthy. If you only take your child to the dentist for a toothache or dental emergency, your child may connect the dentist with pain, which will make them nervous about their visit. Regular appointments will make your child more comfortable when they come into the office. You may ask our dentist, Dr. Joe Rigg about bringing your child in before the appointment to meet everyone and see the office. If your child is especially nervous, talk to the dentist about coming back to the exam room to sit with them during the appointment.

If it is time for your child’s first or next dental appointment, or if you are looking for a family dentist in Aberdeen, South Dakota, we would love to see you at Joseph Rigg, DDS! If you would like to meet our team, call 605-225-2050 today and we will help you plan your visit.