Follow these tips to make your child's first and subsequent visits to the dentist fun, easy and stress-free!
Start young! The younger a child starts going to the dentist, the easier it will be in the long run. When a young child has a positive first start by visiting the dental office at an early age, they are able to experience the various sounds, smells, equipment and dental team which they will become accustomed to and associate it with a non-threatening place.
Discussion and reading about the dentist at home goes a long way in preparing a young child for a dental visit. Show your child with books and scenarios what happens and what to expect at the dental office prior to going. Keep a positive attitude (even if you are nervous) and refrain from using the words pain,scared, afraid or brave as these will provide the child a reason to worry that something negative will happen.
Take your child to a child-friendly dental office that caters to children. A child friendly office will have dental professionals that are used to working with children and provide things like video games, toys, for the wait before going in.Taking your child to an sterile adult office may give off the wrong impression. If you are a nervous or anxious patient yourself, do not bring your child to one of your dental appointments as this fear may rub off on your child and make them nervous.
Prepare for some apprehension or hesitation which is completely normal but let the dental professional guide your child. Each dental office has a different policy, but many will allow parents in the room the first time to assist the child with a new experience. Stay calm and know that each time a child visits the dental office they will become more comfortable.
Teach your child that going to the dentist is something we must do, like going to the doctor to stay healthy! Parents can explain the importance of going to the dentist to help keep teeth clean and to prevent cavities.
Follow these tips to ensure your child's dental visits are fun, easy and stress-free!
At Northern Dental Care our aim to provide a positive and fun first dental start through our Free Child Day at the Dentist Program.