Our goal is to help children feel comfortable from the first time they walk through our doors, establishing a positive association with dental care for their lifetime! Your child’s first visit will most likely be a low-key ice-breaker, aimed at helping your child get to know the dentist while also gaining an idea of what a dental cleaning and exam look like. Even so, your child may still have some apprehension about this new experience.
Watch and Listen
Watch a movie with your child such as A Trip to the Dentist through Pinatta’s View, to create excitement about their dental care. Cuddle up on a rainy day and have a dentist-themed story time. Freddie Visits the Dentist by Nicola Smee is a great option to start with. Your local librarian can be of assistance in selecting other age-appropriate videos and books.
Help encourage your child to brush his/her teeth after breakfast and before going to bed. Make it fun! Allow your child to pick out a special toothbrush. Experiment with different reward systems to identify what motivates your child. For example, you can try having your child pick a reward from the prize bin after each successful brushing session. Or, set up a sticker chart with different rewards to choose for achieving a set goal. Look for ways to provide positive feedback and reinforce good dental hygiene!
Allow enough time on the day of the first visit for your child to arrive and greet our friendly staff in a relaxed, unhurried fashion. All the preparation in the world won’t alleviate the stress created by a last minute rush to the appointment. Never use the dental visit as a threat or punishment and don’t bribe your child to go to the appointment.