How to Prep Your Family for a Trip to the Dentist
Families across Canada frequently have to contend with the issue of the first dentist trip. This can be a difficult time for many, as the dentist can be a difficult place for even some adults to visit. However, there is no reason why you cannot make this a stress-free trip for all. Here are some of the ways that you can make this an easy undertaking for your family.
Talk to Your Children Beforehand
The worst thing you can do is just take your children in blind. You need to make sure that you are talking to them beforehand so they understand what they can expect at the dentist. Even if your children are quite young, you should be able to help them fully understand what they could expect at a dentist’s office.
You might even want to take a look to see if there are any resources from other Canadian parents (particularly parents in your area) about how they introduced their children to the dentist. There also might be some videos on YouTube or other types of content that you should use to your advantage.
Find the Right Dentist
You need to make sure that you are finding the right dentist for your family. Have a look around your local area to see if there is a good dentist’s practice that works for you. For example, if you live in Northern Toronto, you could look for a Thornhill family dentistry to help you out.
These are going to be the best people to be able to calmly guide your children through their first few sessions to avoid the development of a fear of the dentist. They should be warm and welcoming, and ready to answer any question your children might want to put to them.
Have a Treat After
If your children have behaved well during their time at the dentist’s, a little treat could be sent their way to reward them for it. For those in the Thornhill area, a small trip to the Thornlea Pool, or even heading into Toronto proper could be on the cards here.
Pick whatever you think is appropriate, and make sure that you verbally confirm to your children that you think they have behaved well too. If your children did not behave well, make sure you talk to them to find out where their anxieties have come from so you can help to combat them during your next trip.
The dentist can be an intimidating place for children, but there is no reason why it should be. You need to make sure that you are putting in the work as a parent to ensure that this is not going to be an issue. Some children are going to be anxious about visiting the dentist, so if you can show them that it is not a place to fear, you will be able to face this family necessity with a lot more confidence.