There’s no question that there is sometimes a negative connotation with going to the dentist (we don’t know why, we love going to the dentist!) and that fear is passed along to children. Our goal is to help you create a positive connotation with the dentist for your children so they develop healthy oral habits from a young age. We do understand that having a stranger poke around in your mouth can be a bit uncomfortable – especially to a child – so here are some tips to help your child prepare for their first dental visit.
Read Books: Before your child’s first dental visit, read some children dental books with your child. Showing them the imagery of a positive experience at the dentist can help prepare them mentally so they don’t think the dentist is a scary place.
Play “Dentist” At Home: Kids loving playing games! You and your child can reenact a dental visit at home, even let your child play the dentist role!
Brush Your Teeth Together At Home: Being a role model to your child is the best way for them to feel comfortable with oral health. Brushing your teeth together and talking about going to the dentist (before your child’s first visit) can help your child know what to prepare for. Plus, if they know there dental visit will be easier if they stay on top of their brushing, it’s a win-win for everyone!
Bring a Comfort Toy: Allow your child to bring a stuffed animal or toy to their dental visit. Having something that gives them a level of comfort will make the dental visit more easier for your child.
We hope these tips help you and your child(ren) for their first dental visit. We understand that it can be a daunting task, but we’re here for you and your family’s dental needs! Contact us today to set up an appointment for you child’s first dental visit.