A Positive Experience at the Dentist
How to help your child have a comfortable experience at the dentist.
Even if you haven’t had the greatest personal experiences at the dentist, or are even afraid of visiting the dentist, help your child by creating a positive attitude towards the thought of going to the dentist! Whether it be their first appointment, or they’ve been a couple times, try to avoid negative words, including; “painful,” “hurt,” “shot,” “scary,” etc when talking about the dentist. In addition to using positive words, be sure to have positive body language, such as smiling while talking about their upcoming appointment. Let them know of all the great benefits of having excellent dental health and how the dentist is there to help, not hurt them!
Keep it enjoyable at home! In addition to avoiding serious dental procedures for your child, keeping a healthy mouth at home will make each dentist visit easier and more enjoyable (and less often)! Make brushing and flossing a fun activity with positive results, not a chore, or punishment. Stay involved with your children’s oral health, and remember, lead by example! If your child sees you practicing and enjoying good dental health, it will encourage them to want to follow in your footsteps. Brush your teeth together, and when it’s time for your child to get a new toothbrush, let them pick it out, so they are happy to use it daily!
Remember, the ADA recommends a baby’s first dental appointment by their first birthday, even if their first tooth isn’t present. It’s never too early to start practicing good oral and dental health.
Give us a call to schedule your next appointment, and ask what we can do to make sure you and your child are comfortable in our office!