Preparing Your Child for the First Visit to the Dentist

Preparing Your Child for a First-Time Visit to the Dental Clinic

Taking your child for their first visit to the dentist is a big deal. It will help them prepare for a lifetime of oral health and hygiene and can set the tone for their attitude toward visiting the dentist. Don’t start things on a sour note! Prepare your child for this first visit so that a trip to the dentist’s office can be an enjoyable part of their lifelong oral healthcare routine; not a scary endeavour. Our family dentist in Edmonton will put your child’s first-visit at ease.

How to Prepare Children for a Trip to Your Family Dental Clinic in Edmonton


Take the fear out of your child’s dental appointment by taking the following steps:

  • Choose a family-friendly dentist. Not all dentists specialize or even treat children. Find a family dentist & clinic in Edmonton that has the right equipment, patience and attitude to provide your child with dental services. The team at Oliver Family Dental welcomes patients of all ages and we are happy to provide your child with service that makes them feel at ease. We understand that trusting the dentist can be a big step for little patients, so we take the time to communicate with them and ensure they are comfortable with their treatment.
  • Meet and greet. It can be helpful for you and your child to visit the dental clinic to make your first appointment. That way you will be able to meet and greet the dentist and dental hygienists, see the space and become more comfortable with the atmosphere. If your child has been there before and seen the dental office and examination chair, this familiarity will help them feel at ease.
  • Machinery. The whirring noises and shiny metal machinery can be intimidating for young children. Our team will take the time to explain what each tool does, how it will feel, and will provide your child with cues they can use to alert the dentist of any discomfort.
  • Cleaning and polishing. In addition to clearly outlining what the machinery does, our team will walk your child through the type of treatment they are receiving. Understanding is one of the easiest ways to break down fear and anxiety, so we will take the time to ensure your child understands how our cleaning and polishing are helping their teeth stay healthy. This knowledge will also support your child’s at-home oral hygiene routine.

Let us start your child’s dental care routine on the right track. Visit your children’s family dentist in Edmonton to keep your child’s smile healthy. Schedule a checkup for your child at Oliver Family Dental. Our professional, friendly staff and kid-friendly office are the perfect place to start our young patients on a lifetime of good oral health habits.


Visit us today or book your appointment by calling 780-426-6884. You can also fill out an online contact form with your questions.

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