Preparing your Little One for the Dentist
Just like adults, children can also be a bit afraid when it comes time to visit the dentist. Whether it is their first visit or tenth, the concept of dental work may seem scary to them. We are here to tell you that our first job as pediatric dentists is to make sure that your child feels comfortable. If your little one isn’t comfortable, he or she won’t sit still in the chair and we won’t be able to finish the job. From the moment you step into the lobby to the time your child is sent home with a sticker, we are dedicated 7 to making him or her feel comfortable and safe. That is our job to do as a practice, but you may be wondering, what can you do at home to help your child prepare for his or her first dentist appointment?
With just a bit of preparation and lots of communication, you can ensure that your little one remembers their visit as pleasantly as possible.
Prepare Your Child
The most important way you can prepare your child for the dentist’s office is to start a healthy oral care routine at home. As soon as teeth start to appear in your child’s mouth, brushing and flossing for them will help them to have healthy and happy teeth. This helps them to be familiar with the general idea of oral health, and also allows us to avoid unnecessary work (fillings, etc.) and therefore anxiety while they are in the chair.
Before the visit, discuss with your child what dentists do, why they’re important, and what they look for.
Be Supportive and Reassuring
During your appointment, be supportive and reassuring. The new faces, sights, sounds, and machines in a dentist’s office can be daunting! Sit next to your child during their appointment, and make sure to give your doctor time to explain what the different machines do before they are put into use.
Praise and Rewards!
Afterwards, praise and compliment bravery: your little one did it! Make sure to grab a prize on your way out, encouragement and a reward go a long way.
A little bit of preparation means you can ensure your child has a positive experience at the dentist that will set the stage for happy memories down the road.
If you’re looking for a dentist that specializes in working with children, call Great Grins Children's Dental Specialists at 502-231-1418 today!