5 Videos About the Dentist to Share With Your Kids
Does your child experience anxiety or get nervous before the dentist? Maybe your child’s first dentist appointment is coming up and they’re not sure what to expect. Thankfully, there are a lot of resources available online that can help ease your child’s worries and show them just what the dentist is about. Before your child’s next appointment, Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry recommends sharing these five videos with them.
One of the first things your child needs to understand about going to the dentist is why it’s so important. The video “Why Do We Brush Our Teeth?” explains the importance of dental hygiene. Children must understand why teeth need to be cleaned in order for a trip to the dentist to make sense. This video can also help make establishing a dental hygiene routine at home and daily brushing easier.
Daniel Tiger visits the dentist for the first time and learns all about the tools, plaque, and how the dentist cleans teeth. At the dentist, Daniel Tiger sings “When we do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do.” Talking through what will happen at the pediatric dentist will make your child feel more relaxed. He even gets toy tools to use on his stuffed animal to feel more comfortable. This is a method you can use to help your child feel more comfortable before a dental cleaning, too.
In this video, Papa Shark has a toothache but is afraid to go to the dentist. It’s up to little Finny to show him how to be brave. Telling your child the dentist isn’t scary is easy, but demonstrating it to them may be difficult when you face your own fears for the dentist as an adult. Remember that you are the best example your child has and they’re watching everything you do.
The SciShow Kids do a great job of explaining a dental cleaning step-by-step. This video describes what a dental hygienist is and what they do. It shows photos of each of the tools used to clean teeth, and demonstrated how they are used with animated clips. This thorough video should help answer any questions your child may have about visiting the dentist.
Instead of a cartoon, this video is provided by an actual pediatric dentist walking through a dental cleaning step-by-step with a patient. The intent of this video was to help children feel more at ease before going to the dentist by knowing exactly what to expect.
For more help easing your child’s dental anxiety, contact Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry.