If you have little kids that are showing some signs of nervousness about going to the dentist, you might start to wonder whether it's going to be a struggle when the day of their appointment arrives. Even if your children seem fine about their upcoming family dentist appointment, it would be a good idea to make sure that you are taking a little time to prepare them for it. Read on to learn a couple of ways to help them.
Role Play As Dentist And Patient
Start by having your children pretend to be the patients. While they are sitting back in a comfortable chair, you can pretend to examine their mouth with the use of a tongue depressor. Talk with them about how great their teeth look and how they must take great care of them. Get them excited and proud about the oral hygiene that they have been keeping up with. You can then switch roles. You can be the patient while they check out the condition of your teeth. All of this gets them very comfortable with the idea of going to the dentist.
Ask For A Tour
You can call and speak to someone at the dentist's office to see if they would allow you to bring your children into the office for a quick tour. By getting to check out the waiting room, the exam room, and maybe even getting to talk to the dentist for a brief moment, your children will have a better idea of what to expect when they go back for their scheduled appointment. It won't be such a brand new experience on the day of their appointment because they will already be familiar with their surroundings. If you are not able to get an in-person tour, look for pictures of the inside of the dentist's office. You might find these on their website or social media pages.
Now that you have had a chance to review the previously mentioned suggestions, you should find that you will have an easier time getting your small children prepared for their upcoming appointment. By making it fun, you are able to ease whatever fears they might have, as well as help them better understand the importance of going for cleanings and checkups. If you have not yet scheduled a checkup at the family dentist, now would be a good time to do it. You can then spend the next couple of weeks getting prepared for it.