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Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for the Dentist

How you can help

(HealthDay News) -- Preparing your child for an upcoming dental visit involves a bit of parental planning.

The American Dental Association suggests:

  • Making sure your child brushes twice a day. Ensure that kids aged 6 and younger are supervised and have help brushing.
  • Scheduling the appointment when your child isn't likely to be tired. For younger kids, don't schedule it during naptime. For older kids, don't schedule the visit after a long school day.
  • Allowing the older child -- presumably the one with the most experience -- to go first and serve as a role model for the others.
  • Making sure your child has had a snack before the appointment to avoid irritability from hunger.
  • Making sure you stay calm, even if your child acts nervous before the appointment.

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