What should I tell my child before the first visit?
You can explain to your child that the dentist wants to be a friend and help care for his or her teeth.
At the first visit, explain to your child that the dentist will count their teeth, clean them with a special tickling toothbrush, and take some pictures. Avoid using terms such as needles, shots, pain, or hurt – this may never have entered your child’s mind as a possibility! Instead, reassure your child that the dentist is friendly, helpful and kind.