We understand that parents sometimes worry about what to say to their child before a dental visit. We really want your child to enjoy the trip. You can help your child by using the following preparatory information.
- Make the first dental visit an enjoyable outing
- Explain that the dentist will count all of his or her teeth
- Emphasise that the dentist will be kind and gentle
- Convey good feelings about dental visits being part of growing up
- Avoid reassuring your child that we won’t hurt as this will make them worry unnecessarily
- Avoid using unpleasant words such as injection needle, drill, or pulling teeth
- Please do not bribe your child by promising a big gift after treatment. Rewarding children after good behaviour works best in the longer term.