Helping Your Kids Feel Good About Dental Care

laughinggirlBefore you even bring your child to his or her first dental appointment, you may find yourself faced with the experience of explaining your little one’s upcoming appointment. You may have some hesitation because what you want to do is to make sure your child feels relaxed and happy about the dental visit and all visits to follow. However, you may feel a bit unprepared. For a boost in confidence and to start things off on the right foot, give the following a glance before you begin talking to your son or daughter about dental care:

Use Positive Words

You may feel the need to protect your child and make dental care seem fun by talking about the things he or she should not be afraid of. We encourage you to steer away from anything that might cause your child to realize dentistry may include shots, pain, discomfort, or scary instruments. Remember, your little one knows very little (if anything) about dental care. The best thing to do is remind your child that taking care of one’s teeth makes for a beautiful smile and that a trip to the dentist is fun. Easy enough!

Aim Toward Simple and Informed

We often feel the need to offer as much information as possible to individuals as we prepare them for something. When it comes to your child and dental care, however, we encourage you to keep it simple and offer general education. Here’s what we mean: Instead of going into detail about dental checkups and cleanings, simply let your little one know that we will take a peek at his or her teeth and will help keep them clean. A wonderful solution is to purchase coloring books or other fun, informative storybooks that display dental care in a positive, enjoyable light.

ABOUT YOUR DALLAS, TX DENTIST:

At Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda, Dr. Marr provides gentle, compassionate children’s dentistry, including a comprehensive selection of treatments. In combined efforts with her considerate, experienced team, Dr. Marr promotes both comfort and education to safeguard your child’s oral health for many years to come. To learn more or to schedule a visit, contact our office at 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and surrounding communities.