How to prepare for a kids’ dental appointment

How to prepare for a kids’ dental appointment

Give them plenty of advance notice

Kids need to be given plenty of advance notice as this helps them mentally prepare for their dental appointment. Tell them in the simplest terms the reason for the appointment and what will happen during the appointment. Tell them to not hesitate when it comes to asking any questions, they want answers to.

Be honest

One of the worst things parents can do is to not be completely honest with their kids regarding their dental appointment or dental treatments. Kids need to be able to trust their parents when they are given information. Even a little white lie can make it so kids no longer trust their parents, which is going to make it more difficult to get them to the dental office.

Role play

Role playing is ideal when it comes to helping kids be more comfortable about going to the dental office. Parents should first pretend to be the dentist, making sure to be very friendly and accommodating when pretending to explore their teeth for any ‘cavity bugs’. The kid can then take their turn being the dentist, exploring their parent's mouth to ensure that it is indeed healthy.

Let them bring items of comfort

If kids want to bring an item on comfort with them to the dental office, this should be encouraged. Common items of comfort include wearing a favorite shirt, bringing a small blanket, bringing a stuffed animal and bringing one or two favorite books.

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