How to Make a Trip to the Dentist More Enjoyable for Children

 

pediatric dentistry houston tx |children's dentistry royal dental usaYoung children and doctors and dentists aren’t necessarily matches made in heaven. Children often have an innate fear of people in those clinical situations. But you can do certain things to make your child’s first dental visit not a thing of trauma. And it’s important that you do because sometimes a lifelong fear of the dentist could have been headed off with just a little preparation before those very first few trips.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

Talk to your child before going to the dentist.

It’s important that your child knows that he/she is going to the dentist. Tell them why they’re going, what’s going to happen when they’re there, and ensure them that you won’t leave them. If possible, try to have a talk with your child and the dentist together – preferably before the appointment. That way, your child can see the dentist more as a friend than an enemy, and be more amicable to dental visits. Avoid phrases such as “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt,” before the appointment, and “That wasn’t so bad, was it,” afterwards.

Make the appointment comfortable.

At Royal Dental, we’re all about making your kids comfortable coming to our offices. If your child wants to bring a security item with them, that’s fine. Maybe it’s a stuffed toy or a favorite blanket. The gesture might seem simple to some, but can be relieving for a child in an unfamiliar environment. You can also stay with your child during the appointment, if they want you to. Seeing you there can ease a child’s fears.

Books, toys, and other educational guides can help, too.

There are plenty of educational books that cater to a child’s fears of going to the dentist. Reading these books with your child the night before can help prepare the child for the journey ahead of him/her. As for toys, you can find a lot of dentist-themed toys on the market, such as dolls. And finally, some children’s cartoons have special episodes that illustrate the dentist experience. A quick search on Google or YouTube should do the trick.

At Royal Dental, we look forward to having our new smallest patients! And we strive to make it a great experience all around, leading to a lifetime of healthy teeth. Call us at 713-330-7700 if you have any other questions about your child’s first dentist visit.

 

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