5 Tips For Preparing Your Kids For The Dentist

Starting in infancy, you need to take your children to the dentist for regular checkups. These check-ups promote positive dental habits and catch dental problems before they get worse. However, many children don't like going to the dentist. in some cases, it can be a real chore to convince them to go.

Below are five tips for parents who struggle to get their kids to the dentist.

1. Avoid Negative Language and Emotions

Your child will pick up on your own attitude toward the dentist. Therefore, if you have anxiety about the experience, your children will pick up on that and assume that they should feel anxiety as well. Speak about the dentist in an upbeat tone and avoid talking about negative experiences at the dentist. 

2. Answer Questions Honestly 

If your child asks questions, you should do your best to answer the questions as honestly as possible. If the child is too young to understand what happens at the dentist, read books that help explain what to expect during a dentist appointment. For older children, you may need to direct a majority of their dental questions to the dentist. However, you can answer the questions you do know as honestly as possible. 

3. Practice Good Dental Hygiene at Home

You can prevent negative dental experiences by practicing good dental hygiene at home. Good hygiene means making sure all children brush their teeth at least two times a day. You should also encourage your children to floss and use mouthwash after meals. Not all dental issues can be resolved with good dental hygiene at home as some are genetic, but it makes a real difference. 

4. Get a Small Treat After the Appointment 

There's no reason that an outing to the dentist needs to be a completely negative outing. Make plans to do something fun after the dentist. For example, you can go to the park or visit an arcade to include some good memories in the experience. 

5. Choose the Right Family Dentist

Certain dentists specialize in working with children. These dentists have waiting rooms designed for children, with child-friendly decorations, toys, and books. The dentist will also have experience working with children who have a fear of the dentist, so they understand how to keep patients calm. 

Regular dental appointments should be a regular part of family life. Do it together and pick a dentist everyone likes to make it as painless as possible. Contact a local dentist to learn more.