- Read them a book about going to the dentist or have them watch a show with their favorite character visiting the dentist!
- Make sure that words like “drill” or “shot” aren’t used in correlation with the dentist.
- Try not to use the dentist as a warning or a threat to get your child to brush their teeth– Example: “If you don’t brush your teeth, the dentist will be angry at you!” Or “If you don’t brush your teeth the dentist is going to have to drill your teeth!”
- If a parent has anxiety themselves about the dentist, they need to try and stay as positive as possible so that the anxiety of their experiences does not project onto the child.
- Sometimes less is more, so don’t try and explain the instruments that the Dentist uses or every scenario that may happen.
Oftentimes, kids surprise their parents with doing very well at their first visit! Many parents think that waiting until their kids are older, ages 3-4, to bring them to the dentist because they think at ages 1-2 they won’t do as well. More often than not this is not true, and even if the kids cry at their first visit this is normal and acceptable behavior and will get easier with each visit!
If you have any questions or need advice on how to prepare your child, feel free to give our team a call.