For Families

Making children comfortable at the dentist is something that you can help to promote even when you aren’t at the dental office. Choosing words that have a more positive connotation can help to frame an engaging and fun dental visit for your little one. Here are some resources for you to share with you child at home to prepare for a fun experience.

Say This, Not That

To best prepare your child for a trip to the dentist, try to replace these buzz words!

Say This

  • Cleaned/Cleaning
  • Wiggled
  • Tooth Washer/Hose
  • Different/Weird
  • Sleepy Juice
  • Tooth Counter
  • Tickle/Buzz

Not That

  • Scrape
  • Yanked/Pulled
  • Drill
  • Hurt/Painful/Bad
  • Shot/Needle
  • Pokey Thing/Instrument
  • Numb

At Home Care

Put your child on track for a lifetime of smiles with great home care! See the home care tips below for keeping your child cavity-free!

Oral Hygiene

Brush Teeth Twice a Day
Flossing
Fluoride
Fluoride Mouth Rinse
Fluoride Supplements
Toothpaste

As a parent, you likely already know that sweets and sugary drinks like soda are very unhealthy for your child’s teeth. However, many parents are not aware that other, seemingly healthy drinks and snacks can be equally damaging to your child’s smile.

Fruit snacks and fruit juice are “repeat offenders” when it comes to tooth decay and should be avoided. If you are looking for a healthy on-the-go snack and drink for your child, consider a cheese stick and bottled water. Kids also love learning that some of their favorite foods (like pizza) are great for their smile!

Diet and Nutrition

Cheese
Eggs
Fruit
Nuts
Pizza
Popcorn
Sugar-free Gum
Vegetables
Water
Yogurt

Our Resources

Check out these fun, informative videos to help your child get excited about the dentist, as well as some positive reinforcement ideas for how to best communicate with your child in preparation for their first visit.

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