Before the first visit…
There are a few things to consider before the first visit to our office…
Some first visit “DOS”:
- Treat the dental visit as a normal part of growing up and something to look forward to.
- Explain that Dr. Suh and his team are friendly people who will be looking at your child's teeth to count them and make sure they are clean. If you say: 'This is fun. We will have a good time.' your child should feel more positive.
- Take time to play "dentist" with your child at home. Pretend that you're counting teeth, then switch roles and let your child play "dentist."
- Read your child a story about going to the dentist.
- Make the dental appointment for a time when your child is well-rested.
- Inform us about any medical or psychological problems which your child may have.
- Openly discuss your questions and concerns.
- What you say and do regarding your dental health will have a profound effect on your child's feelings about dentistry. So brush and floss together :-)!!
Some first visit “DON'TS”:
- Don't use negative words like: hurt, shot, needle, pain or drill around your child.
(Please remember, you can easily transfer your dental fears and anxieties to your child. If you say: 'don't be scared, I'm right here' or ‘it won’t hurt’ it might sound like something bad is about to happen.)
- Don't worry if your child cries a little during the visit, since this is perfectly normal behavior.
- Don't be afraid to ask Dr. Suh lots of questions :-).