What Should I Tell My Child

“What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?” … We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first hair-cut. This will be a new experience, but it will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. You cannot hide your anxiety from a child because they can sense and feed off your emotions.

You can tell your child that the dentist will gently count and brush their teeth. Reassure your child that visiting the dentist is fun.

Words to Use and Not Use

Needle or Shot

Drill

Pull or Yank Tooth

Decay or Cavity

Examination

Tooth Cleaning

Explorer

Rubber Dam

Gas

Sleepy Juice

Tickle Brush

Wiggle a Tooth Out

Sugar Bug

Count Teeth

Tickle Teeth

Tooth Counter

Raincoat

Silly Air

Don't Be Shy

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