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How to Prepare My Child for Their Dental Visit

October 17, 2022 8:24 pm
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Visiting the dentist can feel nerve-wracking for some children due to the unique sights, sounds, and sensations. Below are some of our top tips on how to prepare your child for their next dental visit and any treatment they may need!

  1. Play Pretend
  2. One of the best ways to prepare your child for the dentist is to have them pretend they are at the dentist’s office beforehand. You’ll need items like a bib, sunglasses, and your imagination. In this game, have them sit back in a makeshift dental chair as you walk them through their procedure and pretend to evaluate and clean their teeth and gums. Use your mouth to imitate the sounds of our tools.

  3. Read a Book About the Dentist
  4. There are several kid-friendly books that you can read to your child to help them prepare for a dental visit. Some of our favorites include Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer and The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

  5. Explain in Simple Terms
  6. Talk up the benefits of getting a routine cleaning and checkup to your child so they can better understand why they’re visiting the dentist.

  7. Bring Their Favorite Comfort Item
  8. If your child needs some extra comforting while in the dental chair, bring their favorite comfort aid. Holding a familiar blanket, lovey, or stuffed animal can help them feel more at ease.

  9. Plan Something Special Afterwards
  10. Give your child something to look forward to after their dental visit, like a trip to the park, a craft, or a movie. This can make getting through their dental appointment feel easier.

Affordable Pediatric Dentistry in San Antonio, TX

We hope the above tips are helpful when preparing your child for dental work at their upcoming visit! Over the years at Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces, our team has had experience working with children of all ages, including neurodivergent children and those with special needs. We have sought to create a welcoming and safe environment for young patients to enjoy.

Our San Antonio office offers comprehensive pediatric dental services and affordable financial options to help provide families of all backgrounds the care their children deserve. Please contact us to schedule a dental appointment for your child!

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