Going to the dentist can be a source of anxiety for many people, but for children this is especially true. Entering a place with strange smells and sounds, people wearing surgical masks, bright lights and unknown consequences, can create anxiety for many. It doesn’t have to be that way though! Making the trip to the dentist as comfortable as possible will help make all subsequent visits fun and exciting. With just a few simple ideas, you can make your child’s dental visit something to look forward to and will set them up for successful future visits. Here are some fun ideas to try when making your child’s first dental trip fun:
Be Sure To Choose A Dentist That Is Great With Children!
The dentist you go to may not be the best choice for a child. Using a Pediatric Dentist, one who specializes in caring for children and teens will make a huge difference! At Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill, we specialize in treating children in a happy and comfortable environment!
Our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be.
Start a Dental ‘Report Card’!
Keeping track of brushing and flossing can be a great way to help your child keep track of the care they give their mouths. Using a star or point system, you can bring the completed ‘Report Cards’ into their dental visit to show the dentist how well they have been caring for their teeth.
The positive reinforcement the dentist and their staff shows over their ‘Report Card”will be a source of inspiration for them!
Let Your Child Wear a Costume or Special Outfit!
Be honest, who wouldn’t want to wear a superhero or princess costume? Letting your child dress up in order to combat those evil mouth villains can provide them with an extra dose of self-assurance!
Be sure to choose something that isn’t bulky or won’t hinder the dentist from working on their mouths.
Plan a Fun and Educational Reward!
Be sure to reward good dental habits and a good dental visit with a special reward! Taking the family to Lawrence Hall of Science or the Chabot Space and Science Center or even a museum, looking for exhibits related to microbes, germs or anatomy, will help reinforce the care of their mouths.
Introduce Your Child To Dudley The Dinosaur!
Dudley is the official Jurassic ambassador of the ADA (American Dental Association). He’s a lot friendlier and cuddlier than his “cousins” from the movies. Dudley’s adventures involve his first trip to the dentist, losing teeth and why it’s important to use a mouth guard.
He always brushes his teeth, after all, a T-Rex has to have healthy gums! You can follow his video adventures before seeing the dentist.
There are many ways to make your child’s first trip to the dentist a positive one! Just pick one or two ideas and stick to them! You can always call us at Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill to get more ideas too! PHPD 925-947-1188
We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…
You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.
We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am
The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.
We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.
Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.
Reference: Dudley The Dinosaur www.mouthhealthykids.org