Going to the dentist for the first time can be daunting. Not only is this daunting for parents, but the dentist is a scary place for children just as much.
When they enter the room and see the many tools, it is sometimes a scary sight to see. You can help reduce the fear that your child feels about the dentist when you speak with them calmly and let them know what to expect.
Many parents find that the best way to prepare their children for the dentist visit ahead is by reading them a book about the dentist. This is not only fun and educational, but it gives them an idea of what to expect when it comes time for their appointment.
RECOMMENDED DENTIST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer is a fun loving book that has been around for some time. It tells of the scared feelings we all get but the great time it can be when you sit still and let the dentist check out how great your teeth really are.
Doctor De Soto by William Steig is a different approach since it talks about the dentist and how nice they were, but scary they looked in the beginning. You can learn more about what the dentist does and how they are super nice when you go in reducing fears of a new person to meet.
What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist by Heidi Murkoff is a book that will teach children exactly what they should expect when they visit the dentist for the first time. It is a great book about helping them get through their fear of going to the dentist.
Reading popular books about visiting the dentist can help calm anyone’s fears. When you know what to expect, you will not have a fear of the unknown which happens quite often in many cases.