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How to Talk to Kids About the Dentist

March 29, 2022 7:05 pm

When raising a child, you’ll have to face a lot of important and sometimes difficult experiences—and not just discussions about the birds and the bees! Since every day brings about new situations and challenges for your little ones, how you talk about these experiences can heavily influence their ability to confront hard things and process their emotions.

Take for example going to the dentist. Going to a strange new place where people want to put weird-looking tools into your mouth can seem pretty frightening when you think about it from a kid’s perspective! Here are some tips on how to talk to your child about the dentist so they are less likely to experience worry or fear about their dental visits.

Explain in Kid-Friendly Terms

Use easy-to-understand phrases to help little ones know what to expect. For example, when talking about X-rays, you can talk about how the dentist will take cool pictures of their teeth. And our special tools will clean off germs from their teeth.

Avoid Sounding Negative

Try to avoid speaking negatively about the dentist. We are very sorry if you’ve had bad dental experiences in the past! But keep in mind that your child is more of a blank slate when it comes to their impression of the dentist. Focus on the good and helpful aspects of visiting the dentist.

Choose the Right Pediatric Dentist

Throughout your child’s early life, choosing excellent pediatric dentists and encouraging your child to keep up with good oral health habits will help them develop a positive association with the dentist and be less likely to experience dental fear.

Our compassionate dentists and friendly team at Brooks Pediatric Dentistry would be delighted to have your child visit us. Tell your child how our team will do all we can to help them have a healthy smile! Our office has a fun play area with books and toys, video games and tablets, TVs, and a treasure chest of prizes. We also offer safe sedation dentistry if your child needs extra help relaxing and feeling calm.

If you need more tips on getting your child prepared for their next visit to the dentist, feel free to reach out to Brooks Pediatric Dentistry. We are here to make sure your child feels comfortable and well taken care of with our wide range of dental services and relaxing amenities.


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