Getting Your Child Ready to Visit the Dentist

Every child is different – from their favorite colors and favorite foods to how they respond to new situations, children are unique. Some may be excited to go to the dentist like Mommy and Daddy, and others may be downright afraid. We promise to treat them like our own once they arrive, but there are some things you can do to prepare your child before leaving the house. Here are some of our best tips.

Helping Your Children Prepare

  • Talk, talk, talk. A few days before your child’s appointment, start talking about it. Talk about your positive experiences at the dentist! Let your child know about the friendly staff and how they want to keep children’s teeth healthy. Tell your child how dentists give out new toothbrushes and prizes for being such a brave patient!
  • Use pictures. Google pictures of dental chairs, kids at the dentist and dental instruments we use. Share them with your child on your computer or tablet. You could even print them out and make a collage with the images.
  • Kids love to pretend. Why not act out a trip to the dentist? First, you play the part of the dentist, then switch it up. Or use a favorite doll or stuffed animal to pretend with. You could even brush each other’s teeth — an extra time never hurts!
  • Read about it. The library and online sites have lots of great children’s books about going to the dentist. Familiar characters like Dora, the Berenstain Bears, and Little Critter all take trips to the dentist and can help your child know what to expect. Knowing that a book and TV friend survived can reassure your child that the trip will be A-OK.
  • Get artsy. While children may not be able to vocalize their concerns, art often allows them to share more. Try drawing, painting or using clay. Just sit with your child and encourage him/her to talk about art and their feelings.
  • Download apps. If technology is a treat, try using an app. Kids love to play on tablets and smartphones, so tap into this love with an app to help them prepare. Do a search in your app store for appropriate games.

During all of these activities, be sure to address any questions your child may have. If you don’t know the answer, give us a call! We’re happy to help. We look forward to creating a positive experience for you and your children on their first visit and every visit thereafter.