Teaching Kids to Enjoy the Dentist

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Did you ever enjoy the dentist as a kid? Chances are, if you’re like other children, you felt it was always a bit scary and overwhelming. That’s a normal feeling, and if it’s one your kids share, you might be wondering what the best way to get them to go to the dentist is.

Our team at Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics is committed to bringing you the best dental care in Manchester, Connecticut. Helping your kids enjoy the dentist is part of that experience. The following tips are ways for parents to help kids look forward to trips to our office.

Don’t talk about pain
If you mention that your child may have to experience some pain while at the dentist, it’s likely that they won’t want to go. Instead of talking about pain, focus on how the dentist cleans teeth and helps your kids be healthy. You’ll also want to avoid any mention of drills, laughing gas, or other instruments used in the dental process.

Make it a game
If you can make a trip to the dentist feel like a game, your kids will always want to go. For example, you can make a bet with your kids as to who will have better teeth. The dentist can be the judge of the contest; of course, you’ll always let your kids win.

There are also a lot of games for kids to play with in our office. Mentioning them can help kids want to keep coming back.

At the end of the day, getting your kids to the dentist is important as it helps establish lifelong oral health habits. These tips can help you get them here with the least amount of fuss possible.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at 860-649-4655. Our pediatric dentists, Drs. Glenn Koehler, Sharon Soria, and Pradeepa Padmanabhan look forward to assisting you!