8 Tips On Taking Kids To The Dentist
- Plan Appointments Ahead
Pick a time that you can take your child for their yearly or bi-yearly dental checkup! Whether it be in the Spring, before everyone is rushing to get ready for “back to school” or in the fall, following the Halloween candies the kiddos collected. Either way, it helps to set a regular time on the calendar to get those teeth checked so that you don’t forget and put it off.
- Encourage Age-Appropriate Dental Habits at Home
Every parent love to hear that they can leave the dental appointment with no cavities. We can all work together to make this happen by encouraging kids to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. Make sure you ask your Dentist about age-appropriate care so you can help support and drive results when at home.
- Timing Is Everything
Remember to set your children’s dental appointment to fit with their personality, schedule, and level of tiredness. As parents, you are aware of what time of day works best for your child or how packed their schedule is. For example, never set up an appointment during a time when the child would normally take a nap or don’t set yourself for failure by bringing them in right after an intense sports game or practice time. They are probably too tired, at that point, to handle anything extra. This also helps the Dental office give their best care to the child(ren)
- Hungry Kids Are Not Good Patients
Kids with a full belly are happy kids.
Please be considerate of the dentist and her colleagues by feeding your children before arriving for the appointment. This helps resolve a lot of unnecessary issues that can arise from any human being who are “hangry.” I want to laugh out loud on this one and you might laugh to, but you know it is true!
TIP: If they could brush your teeth before arriving, it is not only good etiquette but also helps everyone feel happy and the most comfortable.
- Leave Your Anxiety at the Door
A good rule of thumb is to make sure and take the time to communicate with your child, especially those who have fears or anxiety about visits to the Dentist. Give them encouragement such as, “you might have to get a filling but just know that the Dentist will work very hard to make sure you are comfortable and if it does hurt, it will just be for a bit.”
Make sure that they know that they can communicate with their hands if they need to let the Dentist know that something hurts or is uncomfortable. Also, if they need to take a break for second, most Dentists understand and are very kind and accommodating.
These types of conversations can help children relax and feel more okay with coming in for their appointment.
- Don’t Worry If The Child Doesn’t Cooperate
If your child gets upset during her visit, the worst thing you can do is swoop them out of the chair and leave. Give the Dentist time to work with them, calm them and build report. If you don’t, they won’t want to come back for future visits.
- Use One Child As A Model
If you have one child that has nothing against the Dentist and doesn’t mind doing the visit, make sure you set that child’s appointment first. What happens is the positivity flows down to the other children and sets an example for them, removing their wildest thoughts of “how terrible it is.”
This can make the whole transition smoother and easier for everyone involved.
- Take A Card When You Leave
Always take the liberty to grab a business card (or more) on your way out the Dentist office. With kids in sports, going to local events, goofing off or staying at Summer Camp, you never know when an accident might occur. It’s good to have your Dentists phone number on hand in case of an emergency.
Also, if you like your Dentist, help them out by referring them to others. The best marketing is word of mouth. If you grab some extra cards and pass them off to people around you who might be looking or in need of a Dentist, then you are doing your Dentist a great favor!
It might be a small act of kindness, but it can go a long way to help their business.
If you have any thoughts or questions, always feel free to reach out to us at JOBE DENTAL at www.jobedental.com or at our office, call (913) 299-3999 and we will be happy to answer or get back to you as quickly as we can.