Your role as parents is vital in ensuring that your child has a pleasant first dental experience. Discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings about dental visits as being part of growing up and having a healthy smile.
Selection of words is extremely important when you are preparing your child. For example, instead of saying "the dentist will not hurt you" try "the dentist will be very gentle." When you are describing treatment, please avoid using the words "needle, drill, grind, injection, extract, pain" or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. Instead say "the dentist will count your teeth then brush them".