My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
If you have a child with an upcoming dentist appointment, it's important that you are prepared for this visit. There might be a few items you can bring along that will calm your child and can help with their dental appointment overall. Here are four items for you to bring along to an upcoming dental visit that can make this a successful trip for your child.
1. Comfort Items for Your Child
If your child is nervous about their dental appointment, you can try to alleviate any undue stress. Anything you can do to calm your child down on the way to the family dentist, in the waiting room, and even in the dentist's chair will be worth the effort. Comfort items from home can reduce stress and make the day go easier. This might mean bringing along their favorite blanket or stuffed animal that they can hold onto for support.
2. Snacks for Later
If your child's dental appointment is during their meal or snack time, this might throw off your child's day and make them cranky later on. Try to have your child to eat before their dental visit, but also have snacks on the ready for after their appointment if these are needed. Be sure to check in with the dentist regarding how long after an appointment your child should refrain from eating.
3. Things to do in the Waiting Room
Above and beyond comfort products to help your child, boredom in the waiting room might cause them to act out or become overly anxious. Toys and magazines are great to bring along in case the waiting room doesn't have these or they are being used by other children. Bringing an older sibling to help distract your child might help as well.
4. Dental Products
You may want to show your dentist the dental items your child is using, and your dentist can make sure your child is using these correctly. This can be done in a way so that your child can proudly show their brushing and flossing techniques. Your family dentist can help them hone in on trouble spots and suggest other products that might be better suited for your child.
It's understandable that you might be in a rush to get your child to their upcoming dental appointment. Take the time to pack a few items that might make the visit go more smoothly for both you and your child. If you can prepare in advance for the dentist, your child will have a better chance of success and won't dread the dentist in the future.