Dental visits, especially the first few, are a big deal for a child! They are being introduced to a new place with unfamiliar people, sights, sounds, and smells. Some children may find this a little overwhelming, but with good preparation and conversation, it doesn’t have to be.
At the same time, you may have some apprehensions about dental care yourself, and it’s important that those apprehensions aren’t communicated or transferred to your child. A great start now with preventative and general care will help ensure healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime!
Children's Dentistry Tips And Tricks
When you’re preparing your child for a visit to Archdale, NC dentist Dr. Cassidy Bray, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Let your child know what the office looks like. Describe Dr. Bray, the office, and some of the equipment as well as some of the sounds and smells they might hear.
- Keep it positive. Talk about what makes going to the dentist fun! Describe our kids’ area, TVs, special dental chairs, and awesome views!
- Watch your language! We use kid-friendly language for kids to help them feel comfortable and understand what we’re talking about. Avoid scary words like “hurts,” “needle,” “shot,” or “drill.”
- Read books with your child about going to the dentist. Your library can help you find some great choices!
- Let your child watch you brush and floss your teeth. Make it fun by singing a song to time yourself or using a smart phone app. Brush your child’s teeth too or guide them while they do it themselves!
- Offer prizes for a good visit and incentives for building good habits at home. Good choices are stickers and other small (nonfood) treats.
We’re so excited to be a part of your family’s health care team! If you have any questions about getting your child ready for a dental visit, don’t hesitate to call us today and ask.