Grand Rapids Kids Dentist First Visit

How to prepare your child for their visit at Growing Smiles:

Parents should try to casually introduce the visit as a new experience and focus on positive encouragement. It is best to keep away from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle" or "drill” or any of the four letter words “pain, hurt, shot, pull.” Please don’t talk with your child about any past dental experiences that cause your child anxiety and a negative anticipation of what to expect. We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry. We really like these books about going to the dentist:

  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Throw Your Tooth on the Roof (Tooth Traditions from Around the World) by Selby Beeler
  • Max Goes to the Dentist by Adria F. Klein
  • Dora the Explorer-Show me Your Smile! by Christine Ricci

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