The first impression your child will have of the dentist is an important one.Â You can help make your childâ€™s visit positive by following a few easy steps.
- If you have an appointment prior to your child, take her along with you.Â She will see that you have a friendly and trusting relationship with the hygienist and dentist.Â Request that your child take a quick chair ride during your visit.
- Arrange for a morning appointment whenever possible, as most children are more positive, alert and receptive at this time.Â If that is not possible, attempt to make the appointment when your child is not tried or hungry.
- The words we use make all the difference.Â Itâ€™s best not to talk about specific procedures or instruments.Â These ideas can confuse or upset your child.Â If your child has questions about what the dentist/hygienist is going to do, below is a list of helpful word substitutions you can use when talking to her:
- Â Silly String (floss)
- Mr. Slurpy (suction)
- Vitamins (fluoride)
- Sleepy Juice (shot)
- Mr. Whistler (drill)
- Wiggle (pull tooth)
These suggestions should help your child have a successful first visit and ease any stress she or you may have.Â If you have any special concerns, address them with your family dental team before your appointment. It is your dentistâ€™s goal to create a lifetime of good oral care for you and your family.