As our kids go back to school, we’ll make them the focus for our next few posts. Today, we’ll give you 5 things you can do to help prepare your child for a dentist visit. It is especially important before the hectic school year begins to make sure your child is in good dental health, so get them scheduled for their regular check up and cleanings today. Use these tools to help make their experiences great so that they form the habit of happily going to the dentist now.
1. Tell your child the dentist is there help take care of his/her teeth.
2. Read your child a fun children’s book about going to the dentist.
3. Describe to your child the surroundings of a dental office and role play the job of a dentist.
4. It may be helpful to give your child advance notice of the appointment, so that he or she can mentally prepare and hopefully look forward to the visit.
5. Remember, NEVER use the dentist as a threat to your child for not taking care of their teeth. This will instill a fear in them that will last well into the future. Speak positively about dental visits, and make it something to look forward to. It is important to establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist by starting early and continuing to see the dentist for regular check-ups. And don’t forget to share this information, and your established dental routine, with anyone who may be caring for your child.
We hope everyone gets back to school with ease, and remember that a healthy mouth contributes to a more focused student!