Preparing for Your Child's First Dental Visit
In so many instances, one of the more traumatic experiences for a young child is his or her first visit to a dental office. Truly, it is not uncommon for a child to fear a dentist.
If you have a child who is facing the prospect of making a first ever visit to a dental office, there are some things that you need to keep in mind to make your child more at ease and calm about that dental office visit. Through this article you will be provided with some tips that can help you help your child prepare for his or her first visit to a dentist's office.
Do a Dry Run
One idea that you might want to consider to prepare your child for his or her first dental visit is to do a dry run. By this it is meant that you actually visit the dentist's office before the date and time of the actual scheduled appointment.
By visiting the dentist's office under such non-threatening conditions, you will be able to help your child remain calmer and more relaxed when the real appointment date and time rolls around. Your child will have some idea of what the dentist's office is all about.
In addition, most dental office staffs are more than willing to visit with a child on a such a dry run visit -- to show the child around. This will also further reduce the anxiety of child in regard to a pending dental office appointment.
Find a Book on the Subject
In this day and age there are a number of age appropriate books on the market that can aid and assist your child in coming to terms with a visit to the dentist's office. As mentioned, these different books are age appropriate. For example, there are well illustrated choices for younger children that really do work to take the fear out of a visit to the dentist.
There are also books for older children as well. By way of example, there are some well done books dealing with the whole subject of braces which are geared towards teenage patients.
Generally speaking, you can find these books at any major bookseller in the brick and mortar world. In addition, these helpful written resources can be ordered online as well.
Honestly Discuss Your Child's Fears and Concerns
As with so many things in life, one of the best ways in which you can assist in helping your child prepare for his or her first visit to the dentist is open and frank conversations. So many problems can be avoided provided that a parent and a child maintain open and direct lines of communication.
If your child feels comfortable coming to you to discuss his or her fears about the dentist visit, you will be better able to respond to those concerns. Together, you can your child can better prepare for a necessary trip to see the dentist -- and reduce the anxiety involved in the process for both of you.