Your Child’s First Visit: It’s Easy as 1, 2, READ!

As parents, there are all sorts of doctors and appointments that your child must endure as they grow:  yearly check-ups, booster shots, optometrist appointments, etc.  And because no one likes getting a booster shot, doctor appointments can be an anxiety causing event in their lives regardless of what type of doctor they are seeing.  The good news is that dentist appointments don’t have to be scary for children as long as you do your homework!

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Preparation is easy as 1, 2, READ!

There are so many wonderful tools available in bookstores and on the internet that can help you prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist.  The Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer has several books available on first visits to the hospital, the doctor and the dentist.  “Just Going to the Dentist”  shows your little one that there is nothing to be afraid of with a childhood favorite character.  You can also find “What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist” by Heidi Murkoff as part of a “What to Expect” educational series for children.  Pat Thomas offers several preparatory books for children with “Do I Have to Go to the Dentist?” in the selection.

If you would prefer a more AV approach to preparing your child for their first visit, you can go onto YouTube and explore the videos available there.  There is a video version of Mercer Mayer’s book available for your child’s viewing convenience (however it might not be an official “Little Critter” production)!

No matter what method you use, it is important to discuss with your child what their first visit will be like at the dentist.  Knowledge of what is to come can be very reassuring for your child which will minimize their anxiety in the chair.

Check back next time to read “Your Child’s First Visit: In the Big Chair”.

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