Close Encounters of the Dental Kind

In life we go on a lot of trips: trips to the mall, the park, the nearby grocery store. The one trip a majority of us dread going on, is a trip to the (drum roll, please) dentist!

My five-year old has just recently gone on such a trip, and I must say, I am one proud momma. She didn’t show the slightest fear or resistance. She voluntarily opened her mouth wide like an alligator’s, and dutifully obeyed everything the dentist asked her to do. She is now a certified “Dentist’s Pet”, as the dentist herself wished that all her patients were like my brave daughter. I didn’t even have to stay beside her and hold her hand. She just flashed her pearly whites throughout the entire ordeal. I have to admit, I was more afraid than she was.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare your kids for a trip to the dentist:

Be a model:

Don’t show your kids that you are afraid of the dentist. Pretend, if you must. Put on your bravest face. Kids naturally act as we do, so if we show them that going to the dentist can be as fun as picking out toys from Toy Kingdom, fear will be farthest from their minds.

Do a run-through:

It pays to rehearse. Days before the dentist visit, you and your kid can role-play, taking turns as to who is the dentist and the patient. Inject some humor into it. That should come naturally to us parents :)

Treat her after:

Give your kid some kind of reward, so she’ll have good memories of the visit. In my kid’s case, the dentist gave her a “five-finger balloon”, which was simply a blown up surgical glove.

Although this endeavor often causes apprehension in most of us, it is an important aspect of health care which must not be overlooked. When it comes to our beloved kids, their health must be of the utmost priority.

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  1. wow…very good lexie…me…i must admit that i tremble at the site of a dentist’s chair…bravo lexie….bravo… :)

  2. I have found that the older the person gets, the more scared of the dentist they get. I think we all need to be taking lessons from our children when it comes to the matter! And I believe treating them for good behavior at such a scary place is in order- just no candy!


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