Creative Ways to Get Your Kid to Visit the Dentist

[ 0 ] May 7, 2015 |

The looming stress of an upcoming dental visit for your child might outweigh the anxiety experienced on the first day of school. The fear of white lab coats, cold metal instruments, and unfamiliar Kid's First Experiance At Dentistsurroundings can even make adults uncomfortable, let alone children. You may be running out of ideas and patience with your kicking and screaming child, so follow along for some creative ways to get your kid to visit the dentist.

Try coupling the dental visit with another fun activity that same day. Schedule a play date, ice cream parlor visit, or trip to the park so that your child can look forward to that fun activity while at the dentist. It may seem like a bribe, but let’s just say you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone – a successful dental visit and peace of mind for yourself!

Start a countdown for the dental appointment a few weeks in advance, with a treat to look forward to when the day arrives. Every day, you can have your child rip off the countdown number, making it more engaging and something fun. It will seem like an exciting impending event, about which your child will undoubtedly begin to get enthusiastic. The prize can be something small yet exciting, given after the appointment.

This may take more effort, but for exceptionally fearful children, planning a scavenger hunt around the dental theme could be a fun and engaging activity leading up to the visit. Every day the weekWelcome To The World Of Dentistry of the appointment, a riddle or clue can be given, and the child has to uncover the next clue – the riddles and clues can be educational, giving them some context into the world of dentistry. The final clue can be directing them to the dental office, so getting them there won’t be too difficult. Maybe speak with the hygienist or dentist and see if they could “extract” the last clue from your child’s mouth, the one leading them to the prize. It would make the whole experience much more fun and the sense of fear will be eliminated!

In a less deceptive manner, spending time educating them and explaining the entire dental visit process might ease their fears. Reading a children’s book on dental visits and letting them ask questions and addressing their fears will help them feel more comfortable and supported. The fear of the unknown is the biggest stressor for them, so letting them get familiarized and more aware of the process may help, and educating them on the importance of the visit and why they need it will help them understand and perhaps even make them excited.

Dress Your Child Up In Scrubs And A MaskChildren love to make believe and play. Why not turn their natural hobby into a mimic of the trip to the dentist. Using stuffed animals or even your own mouth should you be so brave, set up a mini dental office in your house. Show them what to expect, and speak in calm and friendly tones. Let them have a turn next and they can inspect and work on their stuffed animals’ mouths. Dress your child up in scrubs and a mask, letting them get a feel for what’s to come in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. They can even have some friends over so that everyone gets comfortable with the idea of the dentist.

There – now you should be well armed with creative ways to get your kid to visit the dentist. Contact us for an appointment or to set up that scavenger hunt 🙂

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