What do you think are the most exciting adventures a child can have? Sleeping in another room, going to the dentist, playing outside? Of course, yes! This means getting them to agree to go to the dentist is about as hard as convincing a teen to eat their broccoli. And yet, taking your child to a Sterling Heights pediatric dentist is important for them and for you too. It will help your children learn how to take care of their teeth from an early age and protect against future problems like cavities and tooth decay.
Here are some tips to make your child’s first visit to the dentist hassle-free.
- Take another adult along for the visit
Take an adult along with you to the dental appointment, and make sure they stay with you all the time. The first visit to a pediatric dentist is going to be one of those memorable days for your little one, so it’s best if you have another adult around to help you and your child through the entire process.
- Leave other children at home
Most pediatric dentists and clinics prefer that you don’t bring along other children for the first visit as it can be a bit confusing for the child, especially when they’re still getting to know the dentist.
- It’s okay to be scared!
There are different levels of anxiety among kids, but if your child has a very hard time with dentists, it’s okay to take some time off. If your child cries or doesn’t understand something the dentist says, let them know how much you understand and reassure them that you’ll be there with them the whole time. Assure them it’s okay if they feel scared.
- Avoid threatening language
Parents often tell kids that dentists are scary and they use threatening language to get their children to go to a dentist. Instead, use words that describe how comfortable the dentist is or how many stars you’re going to give them when it’s over.
- Provide positive explanations
Be honest with your child, but don’t make it seem like going to the dentist is a painful experience. In fact, tell them that going to the dentist is quite fun and will be a nice experience for everyone involved. This can help them to be more open about their fears.
- Explain what will happen
Not everyone is familiar with what goes on at a dentist’s office. Explain beforehand how they can expect to be treated, how they’ll sit in the chair, and how everything will happen. This will ensure your child isn’t frightened when it comes time for their appointment.