Remember how terrified you were when you went to go see the dentist for the very first time? Looking back that far might be a stretch considering you now have young children of your own. Sooner than you think, it will be time to take them to the dentist. Not to worry, you still have years and years before you will have to worry about anything crazy like dental crowns or implants. Either way, there are several helpful steps every parent should take in order to soften the blow of visiting the dentist for the first time. Here are ways to get them prepared for that big day and many more appointments to come afterwards.
- Play dentist at home
There is no better way to let your kids know that the dentist is completely harmless than to make it a game for them. If you incorporate fun dialogue and tasks into the game then your kids might actually be excited when the big day rolls around for them to meet the real dentist they have already come to know and love.
- Act excited about your own dental exams
Even if you are on your way out for a fairly painful appointment to the cosmetic dentist, put a big smile on your face and explain where you are going. There is no reason to lie to them and tell them that it will all be a walk in the park, but you can try your best to give them reason not to worry. Everything will be all right after just a few hours.
- Bring them along to one of your dental visits
Be sure to bring another adult along with you that can keep track of your little one while you get your teeth examined. That way, they can come to the back with you and see everything that happens during the process of an exam. They will see first hand that nothing scary is really happening.
- Plan a fun activity for after their first appointment
What a great time to start up a tradition with your child. Take them out to ice cream after every appointment and they will grow to not dread their experience because they will be able to spend some special time with you afterward.
- Bring a safe toy for their first visit
Do not forget their favorite toy and make sure they will be able to bring it back with them while they are getting their teeth looked at. Kids do really well when they have things they are familiar with along beside them whenever they are feeling nervous.
- Get them into the habit of brushing and flossing
The more used to brushing their teeth and gums they are, the easier a dentist appointment will seem to them. Try switching up the flavors of toothpaste so new tastes will not leave them flabbergasted.
With these helpful pointers to work on, by the time your child is ready to visit the dentist for the first time they will go after it with ease.