Our goal is to help you and your child have fun with oral health! We know that going to the dentist isn’t always at the top of everyone’s list, but that doesn’t mean it has to be feared. Building your child’s confidence with the dentist can not only create an easy time for appointments, but can lead to a lifetime of good oral health.
Get it Done Year One: The best time to introduce your child to the dentist is right after their first birthday! This is a great age to come in and get familiar with our friendly staff and dental practice. Creating healthy habits like visiting the dentist early and often is key to having a lifetime of good oral health and a positive relationship with the dentist.
Practice through Pretend: Before your child’s appointment, try playing pretend! Take turns being the dentist and examining each other’s teeth. Be encouraging by telling your child how healthy their teeth look. Even bring in toothbrushes and floss!
Stick with a Pediatric Dentist: Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. While general dentists often provide good care, we strongly recommend seeing a specialized dentist that focuses solely on children. And at Happy Kids, our doctors and staff are experts at treating children's oral health and communicating at an age-appropriate level to help with patient's understanding and comfort. From using size-appropriate tools that fit properly in a child's mouth to providing an enjoyable physical space, we make children our number one priority.
Have a Game Plan: No matter how much you prepare, your child may not react well during their appointment - and that’s okay!! Just follow the dentist’s lead. We help children of all different ages and abilities, and have the ability to navigate fears, tears and concerns. Once the appointment is over, have a plan to talk about the good and the bad to help alleviate the fear that may have overcome your child. Next time will go better!
Use the Right Words: Avoid words like Afraid, Hurt or Pain when talking about the dentist. With the best of intentions, we often tell our children something won’t hurt. What this can do is place an idea of pain in their mind. Talk about all of the positive things that can happen during the appointment, like getting a treat out of the toy machine!Praise Good Behavior: Continue to spread positivity, including when your child is consistent with brushing and flossing. Good oral health is a lifetime event, so keep up the conversation!