Make Your Child’s Visit to the Dentist a Fun Experience
Your child's visit to the dentist should be a positive experience. Here is some advice on how to make that happen and ensure a lifetime of good oral health.
- If possible, schedule a regular, fuss-free check-up for yourself beforehand and take your child so they can witness the experience firsthand. If your child can't attend, speak about the appointment in detail and talk them through what happened. Maybe your dentist will let your child squirt some water in your mouth! That went a long way with my children!
- Don't take a tired or hungry child to visit a dentist! Schedule the appointment around your child's sleeping and eating habits. A dip in blood sugar can wreak havoc and make it difficult for a child to concentrate - we've all been there!
- Playing 'dentist' is a great way for children to imagine their appointment in a positive light. Make playtime fun and full of laughter. It will give you something to focus on in the waiting room or on the drive there. Plus, laughter is a wonderful tonic to nerves.
- Spend the afternoon together and do something special afterward. Remember to praise them for looking after their health.
- Leave the house early so you are not stressed and can get there in plenty of time. Bring something to read together in the waiting room and turn off your phone. We recommend The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss!
We realize implementing this entire list is not always possible in real life. However, even if you only manage one, your child's visit to the dentist will be enjoyable and, therefore, prevent possible problems in the future. Good luck!
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Take care, everyone,