Beth E. Kailes, DMD • Nicole M. Staman, DMD • Allison J. Johnston, DMD

Beth E. Kailes, DMD
Nicole M. Staman, DMD
Allison J. Johnston, DMD

Tips to Prepare Kids for Their First Visit to the Dentist

A child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist can be pretty scary, especially if they don’t know what to expect. But there are several things you can do to help prepare them.

Here are several tips to help you prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist.

  1. Talk positively about what will happen. Keep it simple and make sure you don’t include too many details, which might increase their anxiety and raise more questions. Talk about how we go to the doctor for checkups for our bodies and how our teeth need checkups too.
  2. Why are baby teeth important?

  3. Pretend play with your child. Before your appointment, encourage your child to be a pretend Dentist. Let them role-play by using a toothbrush to clean the teeth of a stuffed animal or doll. Or better yet, you be the Patient and let them brush your teeth.
  4. Read a few books about going to the dentist. Look at the pictures of the teeth and talk about the importance of tooth care.
  5. Bring your child to our office before your appointment to meet our staff and check out our waiting room. That way, it will be familiar to them when it’s time for their appointment.
  6. Give them a little control. Let them wear their favorite outfit or even a costume. Or let them bring a stuffed animal friend to keep them company.
  7. This is a great video to watch with them that explains what will happen during their visit.

We strive to make each child’s first visit to the dentist a fun, positive start to a lifetime of healthy smiles. If you have any questions, just ask, we’re happy to help.

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