Preparing for the First Visit
- Always speak positively about the dentist and going to the dentist. In spite of any negative encounters you may have had, your child is going to enjoy coming to our office! Hearing parents and siblings speak negatively, even when they make only the slightest comments or use only a slightly negative tone of voice, makes appointments more difficult for your child. Children love to play and pretend. Practicing a visit to the dentist at home can be a source of pleasure and a wonderful time of togetherness for you and your child.
- Practice counting your child’s teeth. Let your child know that the dentist will do the same. Lay your child back with his or her head in your lap and have your child practice opening for the dentist. Props such as a toothbrush and a spoon (as a mirror) can help to quiet their fears, while keeping the game simple.
- Explain that you think it is fun going to the dentist and getting your teeth “polished” because it tickles and feels good. By explaining the visit in this way, you can help your child to better understand the purpose of this visit through your personal
- At the first visit, depending on the needs and age of your child, he or she may get his or her teeth cleaned, have fluoride applied, receive an exam from the doctor and get appropriate x-rays to help the doctor complete the exam.
- Typically, children who are 3 years old and younger will sit in the parent’s lap for the exam. This will allow the little ones to feel as secure as possible.
- We encourage parents to allow children who are 3 years old and older to come back by themselves. This is not a hard and fast rule. However, by allowing us the opportunity to focus completely on the child, you allow us to do what is best. This also allows the kids to develop confidence in themselves as well as a rapport with and trust in us.
- Parents should not make a big deal of the visit and should refrain from using words that can cause fear in the children. These kinds of words include “needle”, ”drill”, blood” and “shot”.
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