Tips on preparing your child for the dentist
Taking your child to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking and dreaded experience. A dentist’s office is full of loud noises and strange people. However, with the right steps the visit doesn’t have to be a disaster and can actually be a good growing experience for your child. Here are a few tips to help ease your child into pediatric dentistry.
Before you go:
- Talk to your child about what a pediatric dentist does in a simple manner. You could come up with a fun way to explain the dentist trip.
- If you have any fear of the dentist do not speak of it.
- Do not talk about “shots,” “drills,” or “needles.”
- Discuss any worries with your family dentist, this will not be their first child patient, and they can offer some insight.
- Provide your pediatric dentist with a list of any medications or medical conditions your child may have.
- If your child has a sucking habit (thumb, bottle, etc.) please make sure your family dentist is aware.
- Request to be in the examining room with your child, so as they will not be upset, and comfort them when needed.
- Praise your child for their good behavior; maybe award a prize like a sticker or treat at dinner.
Pediatric dentistry is important part of ensuring your child grows up healthy and happy. Schedule your pediatric dentist appointment today.