Things to Do Before a Child's Dental Visit

Things to Do Before a Child's Dental Visit

Posted by KORTE FAMILY DENTISTRY Apr 13,2022

It is time to see the pediatric dentist. Your child may not be overjoyed at the prospect of having their teeth examined and cleaned. They may even be fearful. You can help ease your child's anxiety before, during, and after the appointment. Visit Korte Family Dentistry for ease and excitement. 

3 Things to Do Before a Dental Visit

Give Your Kid the Inside Scoop

Some surprises are fun, others are not. Instead of surprising your child with a dentist visit, prepare them ahead of time. Walk them through the process, including any odd tastes, smells, or sights. If they've been to the dentist before, remind them of good memories.

Explain the Value of Dental Care 

Discuss why we go to the dentist in the first place. Explain why we need healthy teeth and gums, and how their dentist can help.

Talk to the Dentist 

Let the dentist know if your child has a dentist phobia. Most dentists, especially pediatric dentists, can provide professional, calming care. Your dentist may be more sensitive if you express your concerns.

Preventing Anxiety During an Appointment

You have prepared well in advance. During the visit, you can help your child stay calm and relaxed by:

Bringing a Fun Distraction 

A favorite toy, coloring book, or new sticker set can help calm nerves. If the dentist allows it, this will keep your child entertained while they wait or even while in the chair. Adding some levity to the experience will also help future visits.

Keeping Them Calm

Keep calm and speak in a soothing tone. Avoid using negative words like “injection” or “pain.” ‌

Encouraging Them to Get Creative

Give your child a task during their appointment to encourage creativity. If they're too old for toys or their dentist requires them to remain still, they can use their imagination to distract themselves. Challenge them to count the ceiling tiles while lying in the chair. Begin a story together in the waiting room, and ask them to continue during the appointment.

Look no further than Korte Family Dentistry if you are looking for the ideal pediatric dentist for your child. We provide both experienced pediatric dentistry and pediatric orthodontics.

There is no need for a referral; simply schedule a consultation online or call us at (402) 489 3115, and we would love to learn more about your child and their needs! We can be found at 3901 Normal Blvd STE 202, Lincoln, NE 68506.

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