Did you know nearly 25% of the world experiences dental fear?
Between all of the loud sounds and the strangers poking around, it’s easy to see why you should prepare your child for their first dental visit.
Fortunately, there are lots of handy tips available to help you prepare. Following through on these can make a world of difference.
An easy way to help prepare your child for their first dental visit is to bring along some of their favorite toys.
Toys, stuffed animals, blankets, and coloring books can provide comfort and give your child something tangible to focus their attention on.
Beyond the comfort they provide, toys also play an important role in helping your child develop critical learning skills, physical dexterity, and creativity.
Tell a Story
One of the best ways to prepare your child for their first dental visit is to read them a story about going to the dentist. Reading a story can help your child relax and also assist in their cognitive development.
You can also share a positive story about your first time visiting the dentist. If your child is scared, share with your child how you overcame fear yourself and teach them that they can do the same.
As someone your child trusts, sharing a personal story can leave a lasting impression and help ease any anxiety your child may be experiencing.
You can also use this as an opportunity to talk with your child about the importance of oral health.
Playing games can be a fun and effective way to educate your child on what to expect.
Role-playing at home is a good way to help prepare your child for their first dental visit. You can print off pictures and signs, make it a game, and familiarize your child with the process.
Taking this extra step can help prepare your child and also create more time for fun and connection.
Staying positive can help keep your child in a good state of mind before their first dental visit.
Acting silly to make your child laugh, listening to music your child likes, or letting them watch a funny video before their appointment can help your child feel happy and confident.
Making a morning appointment for your child can ensure a smooth first dental visit.
Booking an appointment earlier in the day can be beneficial since there’s a better chance that your child will be more rested and cooperative. This also eliminates a waiting period all afternoon that may leave your child feeling nervous.
Another tip: try and fill out paperwork beforehand so that you can devote that extra time and attention to your child at the appointment.
First Dental Visit
There are plenty of ways to prepare your child for their first dental visit. By following these tips, your child’s first appointment can be easy and peaceful.
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