How To Prepare Your Child For A Dental Exam

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How To Prepare Your Child For A Dental Exam

How To Prepare Your Child For A Dental Exam

17 November 2017
Dentist, Blog

Children are often nervous about their first-time doctor visits and medical experiences. If it's time for your child to visit the dentist for an exam and cleaning, there may be some fears. The good news is that you can prepare your child and help them feel much more comfortable with the experience. Keep reading to learn how to best prepare your child for a first-time dental exam experience. 

Read Books About the Dentist

It's completely normal for children to have some anxiety about visiting the dentist. So much so that there are many children's books out there that talk about what to expect at the dentist. You can help to make your own child feel more at ease by reading these stories together. You can purchase books online or even visit your local library to check them out for free. There are also children shows that explore this topic, too.

Share Your Own Great Experiences

To help put your child at ease, you can share your own great experiences. Talk about what happened at your own appointment and how simple and quick your appointment was. It can give your child a lot more confidence knowing that you have been to the dentist. It also gives your child more of an idea of what to expect at their own visit.

Visit the Dentist Ahead of Time

Your child's fears likely come from being new to visiting the dentist. Another way to fully prepare is to take a visit to the dental office ahead of time. This gives your child a chance to see the waiting room area and interact with the staff. It can make things a lot less scary! 

Talk About Dental Health Regularly

Another way to make your child feel more at ease is by having regular talks about dental health. If your child is already somewhat familiar with the topic and has developed healthy habits, it can make visiting the dentist less stressful. Start having these talks with your child now so that when it comes time to schedule a cleaning or exam, there are no worries. 

As you can see, there are many ways to make your child feel more comfortable with the dental exam experience. Going to the dentist doesn't have to be overwhelming. If you have any questions, or if you're ready to schedule an exam for your child, contact a family dentist today to learn more. 

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Got Tooth Decay? Finding Dental Care Tips Right For You

When it comes to my dental care, I only use the best toothbrushes, toothpastes and flosses. But sometimes, even after being vigilant and careful with my oral care, I experience problems like toothaches. Last year, I developed a small cavity in one of my back teeth. I didn't want to bother my dentist about it, so I simply took pain medications and hoped for the best. But after my jaw began to swell up, I sought professional dental help. My small cavity was actually a large hole filled with infection. I ended up having an extraction. Now, I visit my dentist as often as I can, because I can't afford to lose anymore teeth. I want to share my experiences with other people, so I created this blog. I offer tips on how to keep your teeth healthy and when to see a dentist. Thanks for visiting.