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5 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR THE DENTIST!

Feb, 20 2017

Ah, the month of February! Let's see...you've got Valentine's day, the day after Valentine’s day (otherwise known as “1/2 Off Chocolate Day”) and did you know it's also National Children’s Dental Month? Coincidence? I think NOT!

To celebrate, we thought it would be great to give some advice to help prep your kids for their next dental visit.

And we didn’t just get advice from anybody…we went to the experts at Texas Pediatric Dentistry!  They were recently voted "Best Pediatric Dentist in McKinney (Texas).”  They also developed a dental education program where tooth fairies travel to schools and daycares to do fun and informative dental presentations for children.  

It’s not a surprise that your kid’s dental visit can be exciting, but can also cause fear and anxiety!

Here’s a GREAT video and some quick tips on how to have a painless and fun (yes, fun!) dental visit!

 1)  YOU set the tone

It’s important for you, Mom and Dad, to always be positive and encourage your kids not to be afraid!  If you have a fear or dislike of the dentist, don’t pass that on to another generation of {enter your last name here}’s who dislike dental visits.  By setting a positive tone, you’ll be setting up your kids for a lifetime of good oral health!

2)  Remain calm  

If your kids start to freak out during their appointment, don’t worry about it!  Expert pediatric dentists like Drs. Jodi Tenney and Tim Brister at Texas Pediatric Dentistry deal with this every day.  Be consistent in your visits and they’ll get easier and easier.

3)  Prep their mind

Read your kids books about going to the dentist to help them visualize the visit.  Go online and show them photos of the office, chairs, dentists and the staff members.  This gives them some familiarity before they get to the office.  It doesn’t hurt to mention there will be toys, cartoons and any other goodies your dentist might offer!

 

4) Watch your words

Don’t use negative words when you’re talking about the visit.  Saying “it’s not going to hurt” plants a negative idea that your child may never have even thought of before it flew out of your mouth (pun intended!).

5) Ask for a tour

At Texas Pediatric Dentistry, they provide a tour of the office and the equipment on the first visit.  This helps your child “warm up” before the actual procedure– it’ll probably help you, too!

Want more great tips and vids to help with your kids’ dental visits?  Click here to visit the Texas Pediatric Dentistry blog.

Now, that wasn’t so bad, was it?  Now it’s your turn to tell us your story!  What tips do you have for prepping your kiddos for the dentist?

Heidi

Heidi has a passion for helping busy families control their healthcare dime, time and peace of mind! She writes articles to do just that, while keeping it fun and simple for her readers! She also speaks on healthcare issues and is the owner of www.freshbenies.com.

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