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11/22/13

5 Tips to help children enjoy their visit to the Dentist

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We all know it is important to keep up with our Oral Health.  But sometimes visiting the dentist can cause a little nervousness.  Especially for our children.  Follow these 5 tips to help your child overcome their nerves and enjoy their visit to the dentist.


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Attitude is everything

If mom and dad are nervous to go to the dentist, little ones are going to see this and pick up on it.  It is important to to not make this visit a dreaded chore.  My children love seeing the super hero logo that Burg Children’s Dentistry uses.  We like to say we get to visit our friendly neighborhood Super Dentist today!  It makes our kids think this is a fun outing and nothing to be wary of.

Have a play date

Consider having a play trip to the dentist.  Have a fun bonding time while showing your children there is nothing to fear.  You can hold up a mirror and show them how the dentist might check their teeth.  Children love to play pretend.

Read a book

Picture books about visiting the dentist help children get an idea of what is to come, in a child friendly way.  They can ask questions and learn how fun it will be.  Getting children comfortable with what is to come will help with their nervousness.

Let your child pick a special tooth brush

Take your child to the store and have them pick out their own tooth brush just for them.  There are several to choose from that have their favorite characters on them.  Then you can tell them you are taking them to a special person to show them the best way to use their new toothbrush.  They will be excited to use the brush they pick out and this will help them want to brush their teeth.

Pick the right dentist

It is important to find a dentist you are comfortable with.  I strongly recommend a pediatric dentist.  Their staff and offices are geared towards children.  When you schedule your visit with Burg Children’s Dentistry, you will be told to go online and watch the molar man video.  These special touches are important to help you child feel comfortable and even excited about going to the dentist.  It is very important to find a dentist that you relate with and works well for your whole family.  Trust your instinct on this one.

 

By following these tips, you can help your child have a fun trip to the dentist and great oral health.  If you have any other suggestions that have worked for your family, please leave a comment and share it with us.

 

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