Three months have passed since our “normal” came to a screeching halt due to COVID-19. As re-opening is underway, we can now make up the many appointments pushed back because of the virus. At the top of that list is the dentist— as mamas, we know how crucial it is to keep the kiddos’ teeth in their tip-top shape. So how can we make sure to calm any anxiousness our children may be feeling about a trip back to see the dentist? We got some great advice from the pros at Pearly Whites.
Keep it Positive
As a multi-specialty dental office, Pearly Whites treats patients ranging from infants all the way through adults and works to help each patient feel comfortable and at ease. As a mom herself, co-owner Dr. Brooke Skolnick says preparing your child prior to any visit lays the groundwork for a good experience. When talking with your kids about what to expect, Dr. Brooke says keeping it happy and positive is helpful. Stressing the interesting, fun parts— like the TVs on the ceiling or special songs the staff sings about brushing— will remind kids what to look forward to, especially since things will feel different at the dentist than they did before.
Honesty is the Best Policy
With that said, it’s important to also be honest about what has changed and paint them an accurate picture of what to expect. At Pearly Whites, the doctors have done everything possible to make sure everyone is safe, including installing extra sanitization, suction, and air purification systems as well as glass divider guards for enhanced protection. The staff is also wearing PPE for safety, which is something kids may not use to be seeing.