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Empower Your Child to a Lifetime of Positive Dentistry

By | For Kids, Health & Wellness

Is your child ready for their first dental visit? Are you looking for ways to ease your child’s fear of the dentist? Below are some tips to ensure success:

  • Bring your child to the office as a “non-patient”, maybe on one of your hygiene visits. He or she can take a ride in the chair, and watch you interact positively with the team.
  • Arrange for a morning appointment. Most children are more positive, alert and receptive during the morning.
  • Take a tour of the office with your child before he or she enters the treatment room.
  • After an initial visit, allow your child to enter the treatment room alone. This allows the doctor and team to communicate with your child directly and build trust.
  • The words we use make all the difference. Try not to talk about specific procedures or instruments. These ideas tend to confuse children.
  • Below is a list of word substitutions you can use when talking to your child about their visit:

    Instead of:

    Floss

    Suction

    Fluoride

    Shot

    Drill

    Extract/Pull

    Use:

    Silly String

    Mr. Slurpy

    Vitamins

    Sleepy Juice

    Mr. Whistler

    Wiggle

    Let your dentist know if there are special requests that would help your child have a great visit!