Pediatric dentists advise parents to talk to their children about what will happen at the first appointment with the “tooth doctor,” but to keep the words simple and not to go into a lot of detail.
Always avoid scary words like “needle,” “medicine,” or “drill.” Say things that will make the child look forward to this new experience. Talk about the nice people he will meet at the office and the books and toys that he can read and play with before he sees the dentist. Most pediatric dental offices are centered around the interest of the patients. Sometimes there’s a Disney themed decor or a life size version of a cartoon character, but there will always be attractions that children of all ages can relate to.
Attitude is just as important as the words that you may use. Even younger children can sense anxiety or uncertainty in their parent’s demeanor. You’ll need to be especially careful if you have your own issues about going to the dentist, try not to convey those feelings to your child. If you happen to have a dental checkup coming up before your child’s you might take him along to your appointment. Children like to emulate their parents and if you can present a positive attitude about your dental visit they may be more likely to follow suit.
While in the process of finding a pediatric dentist that will be a good fit for your child’s needs don’t overlook the advantage of a convenient location. If it’s easy to get to you can avoid the hassle of traffic or public transportation and you and your child can arrive at the office with time to spare which will be beneficial to your peace of mind.
Find a practice that will cater to your busy schedule and have the best interests of your child in mind. Some children are more comfortable in the a.m. and would be more receptive to a morning appointment while a weekend time might be better for school age children.
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