Things A Parent Can Do to Make The Child's First Dental Visit Anxiety-Free

Things A Parent Can Do to Make The Child's First Dental Visit Anxiety-Free

Posted by KORTE FAMILY DENTISTRY Mar 11,2022

The first dental visit of your child is an important milestone in their life. They should be prepared in advance so that the experience wouldn't be frightening for both the parent and the child. The following things should be done to have their first visit anxiety-free: 

Visit a Clinic That Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry 

Pediatric dentists are used to working with children. They know all about child development and psychology. They can ensure that both the child and their guardians feel comfortable and relaxed throughout. They have lots of fun ways to make them cool. 

It is important to take the child to the dentist once every six months. This allows the child to become familiar with the dentist making them stress-free. 

Tour the Office Before the Appointment 

A pediatric clinic would be designed with child-themed treatment rooms with many toys, books, a game room, and the like. This makes the child love going to the dentist. It also makes things easier and stress-free for the parents. 

Before the appointment, it is better to tour the clinic in advance with the child. This makes the child familiar with the clinic and prepares them for their dental appointment. They can also get familiar with different sights and sounds they see around. 

Use Positive Reinforcement

It is important to make your child anxious-free about their first dental visit. Make them aware that it is completely normal. Provide them with all kinds of positive support. Praise the child for being brave, courageous, and conquering their fears. 

But if the child cries during their first visit even after all the positive reinforcement, the parent shouldn't stress about it. It is completely fine and things become easier after each visit. 

Play Some Games 

To make them ready for their first dental experience, the parents should play games related to dentistry with the child. For the kids, these games can be effective in painting an idea about the experience. 

Make them sit in a chair and pretend that you are the dentist. Talk throughout and make them understand why oral hygiene is important. Swap roles and let the child become the dentist to make them have more fun. 

Korte Family Dentistry is experienced in working with children and skilled at giving them a relaxed and fun appointment. Visit us at 3901 Normal Blvd Suite 202, Lincoln, NE 68506. Contact us at (402) 489-3115 or visit our website to book an appointment. 

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