It Doesn't Have To Be Traumatic
Going to the dentist doesn't have to be a traumatic event. You should choose a pediatric dentist for children between the ages of 0 and 13. Pediatric dentists and their staff specialize in the comfort and needs of children.Before the appointment, build up the event. Read stories about trips to the dentist. Here are a few suggestions:
The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
Barney Goes to the Dentist by Linda Cress Dowdy
Dental Health (The Encyclopedia of Health: The Healthy Body) by Dorothy Siegel
Watch a video regarding the dentist and all aspects of oral hygiene; such as:
A Trip to the Dentist Through Pinatta's View produced by Boggle Goggle.
You could also assist your child in surfing the web for fun sites explaining dental visits and procedures. The American Dental Board (ADA.org) would most definitely be a site of interest. Education will reduce anxiety.
Most of us, especially children, fear the unknown. Most importantly, talk positively about the dentist and ALL procedures. Be sure to smile with a relaxed body and face when discussing the subject. Children are very clever. They can sense our emotion, read our body language and react accordingly.
dentistry has changed drastically over the years, your
experiences past or present, should NOT influence your
child's experience. Let him or her decide for
Here is some recommended word play:
Say flashlight instead of Bright light
Say pinch, mosquito bite instead of SHOT, needle
Say uncomfortable, pressure instead of PAIN, HURT
Say point, count, touch instead of pick, probe, jab
Say Mr Thirsty instead of suction, vacuum
Check out this example of using word for an initial appointment:
"Tomorrow you are going to see our friend the dentist (Smiling). He/She will use his/her flashlight to see all your teeth. He/she will count your teeth with a special pointer. Counting teeth is easy. He/she will touch each tooth with the special pointer as he/she counts. Pointing to teeth is like pointing to fingernails because both teeth and fingernails are hard."
Avoid words that have negative connotations. Also, never ever use the dentist or procedures as threats.
Dental health is a necessity for the overall health of
your child. Educate and encourage your child. Display a positive attitude. Make going to the
dentist a pleasant experience.