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Taking children to the dentist can be a stressful experience for some parents, but it does not have to be. There are ways to ensure appointments go smoothly. This blog has some great advice on how to keep your child from throwing a fit and crying when it is time for their twice-yearly dental cleaning and checkup.

Get an Early Start

Getting kids used to the dentist as soon as possible is best. Dental checkups can start as early as the child’s first birthday or whenever the first tooth appears. At this age, your child still needs you to hold them for support since they are too young to sit unaided. This turns out to be good for you because they will remember how safe and secure they felt at the dentist. Thus, your child will have a positive association with dental visits and a history of appointments before they are even old enough to sit in the dentist’s chair independently.

Use Dental-Themed Cartoons to Teach Them About the Dentist

Your kid might feel more at ease with a trip to the dentist if they see that their favorite cartoon characters have all had positive experiences there. Plenty of books and videos could be helpful, and your dentist might have further suggestions tailored to your child’s age and preferences. Some examples include:

  • Dora The Explorer – Check-Up Day
  • Dr. Seuss – The Tooth Book
  • Peppa Pig – Dentist Trip
  • Sesame Street – Mr. Handford Goes to the Dentist
  • SpongeBob SquarePants – The Whole Tooth

Make a Morning Appointment

Visits that coincide with naps and mealtimes are less successful. Children’s moods can easily be affected by their physical needs, such as fatigue and hunger. When feasible, make morning appointments after breakfast.

Bring Your Child to Your Appointment

Taking your child with you to an upcoming dentist appointment can help them feel more prepared for their visit. They can meet the dentist and become acquainted with the office and its sounds, sights and smells before their visit.

Select the Appropriate Dentist

At Just Brush My Teeth, our mission is to serve people of all ages with the highest standard of dental treatment available. Thanks to our kind and caring team and neat and tidy office, even the most anxious youngsters can feel at ease in our safe and welcoming environment. You can schedule an appointment online or call (470) 600-5974.

Posted on behalf of Just Brush My Teeth

2480 Windy Hill Road Suite 202
Marietta, GA 30067

Phone: (470) 600-5974


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