Tips for preparing your child for a trip to the dentist
- Have them go with you and watch when you have your dentist appointments
- Be honest, comforting, and reassuring
- Build excitement about going to the dentist
- Read a story about going to the dentist
- Play “going to the dentist” at home
- Be aware that your fears of the dentist may translate to the child
Talk to your child about what to expect at their dental appointment, below is a few things they can expect:
- If the child is cooperative, the dental assistant will take x-rays of their teeth.
- The assistant will show the tools to the child, let them see it and touch it to their skin so they understand what it is like.
- The dental assistant will clean the child’s teeth, just like they do an adult’s. The paste used to clean the teeth will be a child’s flavor, typically bubble gum, strawberry, or other gentle flavor.
- The assistant will floss the child’s teeth.
- If the child is cooperative, they will have a fluoride treatment. Some children are not ready to sit still and not swallow. If a fluoride treatment is successful, you will be not be able to drink or eat anything for 30 minutes after the appointment.
- Dr. Kvinsland or Dr. Skifstad will come in and check the child’s teeth and talk to him/her about the importance of teeth and keeping them strong.