Preparing Your Child

At Shoreline Pediatric Dentistry we not only want to help maintain healthy smiles, but we want to have fun while doing it. Children can experience some anxiety with new environments or new experiences so here are some ways to help make your child’s visit easy and enjoyable.

Speak Positively About Their Upcoming Visit:

Some adults have feelings of anxiety when thinking about the Dentist. Children are very perceptive and can pick up on these anxieties. Speak calmly and positively about what to expect during the visit and when your child sees you are relaxed, they are more likely to feel relaxed.

Tell/Show Them What To Expect

When children know what to expect they are more comfortable with new situations. One way to get your child ready for their appointment is to look at books describing what it’s like to go see the Dentist. Two of our favorite books are “The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist” by Stan & Jan Berenstain and “Curious George Visits the Dentist” by H.A. Rey. Also be sure to show your child our new patient experience so you can both walk through exactly what you can expect at your visit and see pictures of all the parts of our office.

Child Friendly Terms

Here are some suggestions for ways to describe different parts of your child’s appointment. These are also the terms that our team uses, so by using them with your child they will already be familiar with them

Instead of… Use Child Friendly Term…
Radiographs or x-rays Pictures of teeth
Tooth Cleaning Washing teeth (while watching a movie)
Examination Counting teeth
Cavities/Decay Sugar bugs
Shot (local anesthetic) Tooth sleepy juice
Dental drill Water Whistle
Suction Mr. Thirsty
Fillings/restorations Tooth paint
Fluoride Treatment Tooth Vitamins

Play

After explaining the different parts of the visit to your child, have them take their favorite doll or stuffed animal and pretend they are going through an appointment. Research has shown that this type of structured play dramatically helps to familiarize children to new experiences and lower their anxiety.

Schedule a “Whale Watching” Office Tour

Sometimes the best way to get familiar with the office is to just swim on by. An office tour, what we like to call “Whale Watching”, allows your child to walk through the office, play some games, and meet our team before their actual appointment. If you would be interested in scheduling a whale watching tour please give our office a call.