How to Make the Trip to the Dentist Fun for Kids

How to Make the Trip to the Dentist Fun for Kids

Sometimes we wonder why kids are so scared of going to the dentist’s office. Then we remember the occasional pain, the moving parts that are inserted into your mouth, the loud machinery, spitting into the funnel and seeing blood, and we can understand where they are coming from. However, the fear shouldn’t stop us from taking our kids for regular checkups, cleanings, and procedures. Taking care of these things proactively can lead to great savings down the road, not to mention a lot of grief and suffering.

This is precisely why it’s worth investing some thought into how we can make the visit to the dentist’s something to celebrate and look forward to rather than fear. Here are some strategies that some parents like to use and have found successful in making dental health painless for everyone:

Find a Friendly Dentist

There are dentists who specialize in young patients and pride themselves on using techniques and methods which help kids see the dentist’s as a fun experience rather than a painful endeavor. Some use special chairs, have the right colouring pages, play animated movies on the monitors, or give them a special treat afterwards. Sometimes it’s just as easy as having the right personality. The approach of the dentist and his or her staff can make all the difference to our little patients.

Combine it With a Pleasurable Experience

Instead of counting down to the family dentist appointment like it’s death row, why not give the kids something else to count down to, like an outing to the carnival or a trip out of town. They will be so distracted by their unusual surroundings and the excitement of the entire day that a pit stop at the dentist’s office won’t be enough to drag the mood down. For example, plan a trip to cosmopolitan Montreal and make an appointment to see a Montreal dentist who provides comprehensive dental care with an emphasis on family dentistry.

Have a Good Attitude

Kids do look up to their parents, whether you like it or not. So if they hear you talking negatively about your visit to the dentist’s, don’t expect them to be excited to go. In the week proceeding your own appointment, talk openly about how excited you are to have your teeth nice and clean. Then we you come back from your cleaning and/or procedure, relay how happy you are that your teeth are clean and healthy. Now your kids won’t even realize that the dentist is someone that some people fear and this lack of anxiety and nervousness can do a lot in developing a good attitude in your kids.

Reward Good Behaviour

Though candy might not be the best reward for not wriggling in the dentist’s chair, a different small token or gift might be enough to keep your little ones quiet and well-mannered during their appointments. Once they associate a visit to the dentist’s office with a prize, especially if they are good, then appointments become opportunities to get something fun and cool, not a meeting with Pain itself. Some might consider this bribing…some might argue that it’s an exception to the rule!

Finding a way to get your dentist on your kids’ “fun list”, isn’t impossible, though it can take some hard work and time. However, it is well worth the effort as a well-mannered child in the dentist’s chair means that you can more easily fulfill proactive measures that will keep your family’s dental health up to date and without any greater (and expensive) issues.

26 Responses to How to Make the Trip to the Dentist Fun for Kids

  1. Pediatric dentistry is a fine art as any parent knows. It takes a fine dentist to get a child to sit still long enough to look at their teeth. Choosing the right dentist is like finding a new friend. If you choose the right one they will become your dental magician for life. The problem with finding the right one is that it takes patience’s and time. Truth of the matter is, going to the dentist is rarely a joyful event nor have I ever heard anyone say, “Heck Yeah! I am going to the dentist today”, with extreme delight or enthusiasm. So take your time and look around first before jumping right in.

  2. It’s always so hard to get my kids to go to the dentist. I appreciate the tips! I go to Renken Dentistry in Georgetown, Tx, and the staff are great already but these tips are going to help.

  3. These are some really great tips for getting children excited about the dentist! When it came to taking my son to our Richmond dentist for the first time, I decided to try and prepare him at home. We played “dentist”, watched videos about dental care and even read bedtime stories about dentistry. By the time we arrived at the Richmond, VT dental office, you would’ve thought my child was a spokesperson for them! He tried to explain to the dentist how to “examine” his teeth, it was so cute and hilarious, luckily even the dentist thought so! I’d definitely say it is important to prepare for their first visit.

  4. This is some really good information about dentists and kids. My nephew is a little nervous about going to the dentist. So, I like that you pointed out that my sister should find a dentist that is really friendly and is good with kids. It might be smart to look for an energic dentist who is funny.

  5. Hey Justin, This is an awesome read! The information you have provided about myths and facts about the trip to the dentist fun for Kids is really impressive and I found this really useful. Thanks for sharing the effective and informative post.

  6. This blog is really amazing! One should take care of the teeth and get checked by dentists regularly and kids never do that. Usually, some of the kids’ cry or else gives a ton of excuses before going to a doctor! So a trip to the dental clinic is really a great idea to convince these kids. Must say! great blog

  7. Thanks for sharing information! Children as young as three to four years old can understand what going to the dentist is. Look in a mirror with the child and show them their teeth. Talk about what the functions of the teeth are and how to maintain them. Be sure to include information about visiting dentist edmonton to clean them and count them.
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  8. I noticed many people that that talk negative about their dentist and expect that their child goes to clinic with excitement. How can this possible! I make my son’s favorite dish whenever he came back from the clinic and I can see his excitement. Kids are really Greedy!

  9. Pediatric dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals mainly with the oral health of children. It is essential to maintain proper oral hygiene in children. If ignored, it can lead to dental conditions and have severe problems in the later years. It is essential to teach your children to maintain proper oral health by regularly brushing their teeth.
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  10. My <a href=""Atlanta Dentist does many things to reward kids for their visit to the dentist and their good dental health but one of the neatest things that I have ever seen was on their Facebook. They posted a photo of a child’s first visit and their visit 10 years later. Talk about AMAZING! That is longevity and shows why they are the best dentist in Atlanta.

  11. Hey Amateur Financier,

    We appreciate the effort and the ideas that you guys have come up with to help out parents to bring their kids to the dental clinic any maintain their dental health. We’ll share these ideas with the parents who come to Urbandale Smiles and worry about their kids’ experience at dentists.

  12. Kids don’t understand the importance of good dental hygiene and think it is either boring or scary. Children are more likely to make the caring of their teeth and gums a habit when the activities are fun.Be sure to include information about visiting Dentist Red Deer

  13. Dental hygiene is a foreign concept to young children. As a result, they may dislike doing it or only do it partially. However, easy, simple things like brushing your teeth to their favorite song, having them pick out their toothbrush and toothpaste and rewarding them for a job well done are ways to make dental hygiene fun for children.

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  14. Treating child dental patient is also fun. Mostly child patients doesn’t like to visit dental clinic, but if dentist gain confidence, then dental treatment is fun for child and dentist also. Tell-show-do techniques work wonderfully in child patient.
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  15. I’ve bee planning to bring my children to the dentist, although I’m not sure how will I convince them to go there without being frightened. I think your idea of planning a trip to a place where the dental clinic is located seems like a brilliant idea because this will divert their attention. Before all of these, I must find a family dentist first.

  16. Thanks, Justin for sharing wonderful suggestions. We are surely going to add your points to our place to make our patients feel more comfortable. They will get delighted with the actions of our care place.

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