Whether your child is nervous about going to the dentist for the first time, or they are simply a bit anxious about seeing the dentist again for preventative care, it can be hard to get them excited about going to the dentist. Even if they aren’t nervous, they may not be enthusiastic about the process.
But going to the dentist can be fun, especially if you follow these tips from Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry. Let’s look at a few ways you can get your child excited about going to the dentist!
1. Watch Some Fun Videos About Teeth!
As any parent can attest, kids of all ages love YouTube. You may find that your child gets more excited about going to the dentist when they understand what’s going on, and what to expect from the process. So, one of the best ways to get them excited is to watch some fun videos about teeth!
Here are a few top picks that will help educate your child in a fun way, and teach them more about the importance of seeing the dentist!
- What causes cavities?
- A Child's First Dentist Visit
- Dental Hygiene | Teaching Dental Care to Kids
- Why Do We Brush Our Teeth?
- Kids Teach Kids About Dental Hygiene
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of videos about dentistry and oral care for kids online, so do a bit of searching, and watch some fun videos with your kids! They’ll learn more about their teeth, understand the importance of brushing, and get excited for their visit to the dentist.
2. Choose A Pediatric Dentist With A Play Area
A great play area can make a visit to the dentist a total blast. At Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry, we’ve got a special area just for your little ones, where they can enjoy fun activities like coloring, watching videos on our iPad stations, and enjoying a number of fun games and puzzles. Your child is sure to have fun at our office!
3. Put Your Child In Charge
Kids love making decisions on their own, so let your child be in charge of things like picking out their preferred toothpaste flavor during their teeth cleaning, picking out a toothbrush after their appointment, and other such decisions. When they participate in their own treatment, kids will feel more engaged and excited.
4. Reward Your Child For Going To The Dentist
No matter what happens at the dentist, even if your child has a tantrum, you should reward them for going. Congratulate your child on being brave enough to go to the dentist, and being responsible for their oral health.
Even if something negative happens, be positive about the experience. If you react with negativity, this will just make future dental visits more uncomfortable and difficult.
You may even want to consider rewarding them with something special. Going to their favorite restaurant for lunch, for example, or buying them a new toy as a reward.
While you certainly don’t want to “bribe” your kid to get them excited about going to the dentist, they’re sure to get excited about going if they know there’s something special waiting for them after their appointment.
Follow These Tips – Get Your Kids Excited About Dentistry!
Bringing your child to the dentist can be difficult, but with these tips, you should be able to make the process a bit easier, and you might even be able to get your kid excited about their next appointment.
Ready for your next six-month dental visit? Contact Marshfield Pediatric Dentistry now or stop by our office at 3 Proprietors Drive, Marshfield, MA 02050. We hope to see and your little ones soon!