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This post on how to prepare your child for a Dental Visit was sponsored by the America’s Toothfairy.
Dental Health is something that is important to me. I’ve got my fair share of dental work that has been done over the years and I am working hard to have the boys avoid all those fillings and later work. This involves good dental hygiene at home and regular visits to the dentist. However, those visits can seem scary. So, it’s a great idea to prepare your child for a dental visit and make it a fun experience.
Prepare Your Child for a Dental Visit
Fear of the unknown can have a negative impact on a child’s feelings toward their dental visits. Ensuring that your child is familiar with the dental practice and the people that are going to help them keep their smile healthy will ease their fears and make the dental visit go smoothly.
- Visit the dentist with your child prior to their first appointment. Help your child understand what to expect on their visit by taking a tour of the practice and asking the dental assistant or dental hygienist to explain what will be done and demonstrate how each instrument will be used. Not only will this help ease your child’s fears, but it also creates a wonderful learning opportunity!
- For slightly order children, bring them along to observe your routine dental cleaning and exam. This will allow them to ask questions, see how each instrument will be used, eliminate potential fears by observing your experience and help them understand the importance of practicing good oral health behaviors. (Contact your dental office prior to your appointment to advise them that your child will be with you.)
- Regular dental visits will enable your child to develop a sense of familiarity and comfort with the dental team and practice as well provide vital preventive care necessary for a healthy smile.
- Reinforcing concepts such as daily brushing and flossing, by posting a calendar and rewarding your child a gold star or sticker for every day of excellent oral care. Help get your child excited about their next dental visit by bringing the calendar with you to show the dentist.
- Allow your child to bring their favorite toy or blanket with them on their dental visit to give them an added sense of security and comfort.
- Reading can have a soothing and calming effect on your child. Bring their favorite book to read to them during their dental appointment.
- Let your child wear a costume on their dental visit. This special treat can help them view going to the dentist as a fun activity.
Be positive about going to the dentist. Avoid grumbling about your own dental appointments and help your child understand that going to the dentist helps them keep their smiles healthy! This is important because after all, the ToothFairy likes to collect healthy teeth!
Prepare Your Child for a Dental Visit with Good Home Tooth Care
America’s Toothfairy knows how important it is to take care of your teeth between those dental visits. Our family received a small bundle featuring the new Crest Pro-Health Stages Monsters, Inc Toothpaste and Oral-B Stages Monsters, Inc. Toothbrush. These products are made with kids in mind, both for flavor of the toothpaste and design of the toothbrush (optimal for ages 5 to 7.) When you make brushing fun, it’s more likely that your child will brush on a regular basis. Just make sure to ‘check’ their job each time as they are still learning proper technique.
J was tickled pink seeing this new bundle enter the house. He loves Monsters and really enjoys brushing his teeth each night. He is really sensitive about the toothpaste being used and the Crest ProHealth Stages is the brand he prefers. Check out those pearly whites he’s showing off with the new products.
Win an Oral Care Package to Prepare Your Child for a Dental Visit
One lucky blog reader will win the same bundle of Monsters University themed products like our family did. Entries are open to US mailing addresses and accepted via the Giveaway Tools form below through June 26, 2013.