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Toddlers are often wary of new experiences, especially when it comes to visiting the dentist. However, the first dental appointment shouldn’t be a source of fear and tears. Instead of assuming that getting your toddler to Sindledecker Dentistry will result in a tantrum or resorting to bribery, consider these five tips to make the visit enjoyable, akin to a trip to an amusement park.

  1. Prior to scheduling your child’s dental appointment, bring them along to one of your own dental visits. Familiarize your toddler with the dental office environment, letting them explore and become acquainted with the surroundings. Toddlers appreciate knowing what to expect, and being familiar with the dental chair in advance can ease any apprehensions.
  2. The dental chair isn’t just a chair; it’s an exciting amusement park ride! Demonstrate how it can go up and down, turning the experience into a playful game. Toddlers love engaging in fun activities, and transforming the dental visit into an enjoyable game can be a successful strategy.
  3. Positive reinforcement works wonders. Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our staff, often provide cool toothbrushes or stickers to children after their appointments. A vibrantly colored toothbrush with a suction bottom serves as a delightful incentive for your toddler to eagerly return for future cleanings.
  4. Consider timing when scheduling the appointment. Avoid planning a dental visit close to your child’s daily naptime. Opt for a time that aligns with your toddler’s schedule to enhance the likelihood of a successful and stress-free visit.
  5. A few days prior to the appointment, introduce bedtime stories about dental visits. “Dora the Explorer’s Show Me Your Smile,” authored by Christine Ricci, is a popular dental story that can resonate with your toddler, providing a positive perspective on what to expect at the dentist.
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