Helping a Child Feel Comfortable Before Going to the Dentist

20 Mar 2017 | 0 Comments

A visit to the dentist doesn't have to be a scary experience. Helping a child feel comfortable and relaxed will make the dental appointment go more smoothly. Here are five ways to keep kids calm.

Find a Kid-friendly Office

It starts with finding the right pediatric dentist who knows how to work with children. A child-friendly dental office will have cheerful staff, bright colors, and fun kids' books and magazines in the waiting area. It may even have a play area that children can enjoy.

Visit the Dental Office before the Appointment

A visit to see the dental office and meet the welcoming staff before an appointment can put children at ease. A gradual introduction to the pediatric dentist and facility can put children at ease the next time they visit.

Allow a Comfort Item

Many children like to bring comfort items with them. A teddy bear, a favorite book, a security blanket, a favorite shirt, or any other item that gives the child a sense of security should be allowed. A comfort item can help the child feel safe and more relaxed on the trip to the dentist and during the appointment.

Plan a Fun Reward

Let the child know that there's something to look forward to after the visit to the pediatric dentist is done. The post-appointment reward can be anything from spending time at a favorite playground to visiting a fun museum. It could also be a shared at-home activity, like watching a favorite program together, working on an art project, or preparing a favorite meal.

Stay Calm

Finally, a great way to help a child feel calm is for the parent to stay calm. Kids notice when an adult feels anxious. Keeping calm shows children that there is no reason to be afraid.

By taking measures to help kids enjoy visits to the dentist, adults can pave the way for healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

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