Child or adult most people don't like going to the dentist. It is an unpleasant sometimes even painful experience that fills us with dread. Well, now there is one more reason to be freaked out by going to get your dental check-up - educational dentist toys. This collection of giant stuffed toys takes cute plush animals and gives them a giant, full-sized mouth full of teeth.
Did you ever wonder what Winnie the Pooh would look like if he had a set of adult teeth - the answer is bizarre and unsettling. Surely, there is another way to teach kids about oral hygiene. Scroll down below to check out all the toys they managed to ruin with veneers and don't forget to upvote your favs!
Teaching your kids to embrace their oral hygiene regimen and with it, going to the dentist - Parents Magazine suggest the following tips. Start early, the sooner they can become acclimated with the routine of going to the dentist the more comfortable they will be. Rhea Haugseth, D.M.D., president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry said it's best if their first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible.
Don't make things to complicated. While you should communicate with your child clearly about their visit to the dentist, giving them too many details about what is going to happen or what may happen can give them extra anxiety. Answer their questions and keep a positive attitude without giving them false hope. Don't tell them everything is going to be ok because they may end up needing a treatment and will lose trust.
To keep with the positivity theme it's important to be aware of the language you choose surrounding visits to the dentist. For example don't use words like, shot, hurt or pain with children but instead follow the lead of the dentist. Oftentimes pediatric dentists have their own child friendly vocabulary to explain things in a less alarming way. Use phrases like strong and healthy teeth.
Practice makes perfect. Try doing a "trial run" before your actual trip to the dentist. Act out the appointment with your child just using a toothbrush and counting their teeth with numbers or letters. Avoid using scaring drilling or instrument noises to prevent anxiety. You can also try using a mirror to give an example of how the dentist will check their teeth in the back. Trying it out in the reverse helps too. Give them a toothbrush and let them play act with one of their toys.
Don't try to give your kids too much preparation. You may be tempted to take them to your own dentist office to observe but this can add to future fears. Your experience and theirs will be different, as child dentist's offices are usually less sterile and cold with toys and books. Add to that they may sense your anxiety about your appointment and might internalize this.