All Kids Dental of Suffolk wants to make every visit a success. Dr. Joe and Dr. Brett are pediatric dentists with over 14 years of experience providing pediatric dental care for children from infancy to 18 years old. The All Kids Dental team does many things to create a calm and safe environment. Still, it is easy for children to become a little skittish when they hear they are going to the dentist. Here’s a list of 5 things parents and guardians can do to help their little ones prepare for a successful dental appointment.
1. Contact Us Before Your Visit
If this is your child’s first visit or their 20th, there may be information you would like to share with us or questions you want to ask. If you have any questions regarding your child’s teeth, gums, tongue, or mouth in general, Dr. Joe and Dr. Brett are the experts you want. Our team can provide tips for a good oral hygiene routine, clarification for medications, or share some recommended tips and tricks we have learned for keeping your child smiling. It is also important to share information about your child. If your child has special requirements, specific medical restrictions, or certain allergies it is important that our doctors are aware so we can prepare the right materials for them. We want to roll out the red carpet for all of our patients no matter the age.
2. Have a Positive Attitude
It is normal for both parents and children to be a little excited and anxious about their first dental visit. Children are sponges of information and will take information from what you say, what you do, and even how you feel. That’s why it is important to have a positive attitude when talking to your child about the dentist. It’s a good idea NOT to share the horror stories you have heard or even any negative personal experiences with a dentist. Instead, talk about how it is to keep their teeth healthy, clean, and shining. Mention to them that All Kids Dental is a special dentist just for kids! A positive dental visit starts with a positive attitude.
3. Play Pretend
If your child enjoys dressing up and games of imagination, this one is especially fun. Pretending you or they are a dentist can give them a pretty good idea of what to expect for their visit. You can have them open wide while you look at their teeth or have them be the doctor and look into your mouth. Help them brush their teeth and floss in between each tooth. It is always a great time when children are actively participating in their oral health.
4. Bring Something Familiar
For children who are shy or nervous, bringing a favorite toy or blanket can help keep them calm and comfortable. Our office has a few toys and comforting tricks in case you forget, but it’s important for your child to know that their comfort is our top priority. As long as the toy isn’t in their mouths, your child is welcome to hold onto it during the exam.
5. After Visit Rewards!
It is always nice to receive a prize after completing an adventure. A post-appointment reward like a healthy snack can be a great incentive to help keep your child excited and happy throughout the appointment. You can plan a fun lunch or even an activity like visiting a playground near home. Setting up this routine will help your child build confidence and comfort around oral health and dentist appointments.