For a parent, not much is more stressful than watching your child attempt a difficult challenge for the first time. That first step, the first word, that first round of shots and even that first dental appointment. Here at Easton Dentist, we want to make that first appointment as stress-free as possible. Below are some tips to prepare your child (and you!) for that first appointment.
- Talk about it…
…and talk about it often! New experiences are significantly less frightening when a child has been familiarized with what is going to happen.
- Be Calm!
Children take their cues from their parents. If you’re calm, it will help them be calm, too.
- Answer Questions Positively
Your child is guaranteed to have questions. Explaining what to expect in positive terms will lead to a familiarity that will carry over.
- Beware of Your Word Choice
The majority of dental check-ups don’t hurt so be very careful not to use that word! Even saying “it won’t hurt” will place the word in a child’s mind when they may not have even thought of that at all!
- Read a book with a positive dental experience
Again, familiarity is key. A picture book that takes a friendly character through a standard dental appointment will introduce your child to the procedures they’re likely to encounter and help alleviate their fears.
New experiences can be scary for anyone. The dentists at Easton Dentist want your child to have a smooth and fearless first visit. Contact us today when you need a pediatric dentist and we’ll help you get your child on the path to great dental health.