It’s no secret that a dental office could be an intimidating place for young children. From poking and prying, to a variety of different dental tools, it’s important to know how to properly prep your child for their first visit!
At Kids Dental Group, we are a dual-speciality dental clinic that offers both pediatric and orthodontic services, with specialists on site! This means your child will be able to come to us from a young age, into their late teens. Let’s take a look at how to ease their first visit, and what you can do to help!
Speak On Their Level
When speaking to your children, it’s important to speak in a manner they will understand. Avoid using big words and try to simplify any terminology. Positive reinforcement is a great way to ease your child before they come! Instead of focusing on the process, try telling them the importance of the outcome! Try to make them feel a part of the club by telling them that all members of the family see a dentist! This way, they don’t feel singled out and instead feel it’s a sign of growing up!
Knowledge Is Power!
It’s important not to get too technical with a young child, but to still provide basic information. Let them ask open ended questions about your own experience and try to avoid words like, shot, pain, or hurt as this may cause them to worry. It’s important to tell them they may feel slight pressure during cleaning or assessment but that is a normal part of maintaining strong and healthy teeth. When you have an open dialogue with your child, you are creating a warm, safe space that will help ease their fears.
To help prepare for your child’s next visit, try using some kid-friendly tools to familiarize them with the dentist! Look up YouTube videos, or purchase a few books to help them achieve a better understanding of what a dental clinic is all about!
Come Visit Us!
Dr. Zee, Dr. Heder, Dr. Huminicki, Dr. Lee, Dr. Antoniazzi and the rest of our amazing team would love to meet you and your little ones! We are dedicated to making your child’s experience with dentistry a happy one! Our offices are located in Richmond Hill, Markham, and Stouffville. We offer a variety of services such as braces, extractions and have thorough training on how to best serve children with special needs! Fill out our contact form to request an appointment today. We look forward to meeting you and your children, and giving them the smile they deserve!