Family 411: Family visits to the dentist


Taking your child to the dentist can be stressful, but there are some things you can do to make the visit a 'win' for all involved.

Sharks are known for their teeth and Pediatric Dentist Dr. Josephine Stickler is known for trying to make the office a child-friendly environment.

"As soon as the first tooth comes in, definitely it's already going into the mouth. With some kind of massage or actual tooth brush."

Parent Mary Schmidt says when your more relaxed, then the kids see that and they're going to be more relaxed.

Zoe Schmidt is ready for her exam. While sitting in the chair may feel strange, dentists say kids take their cues for their parents. Experts say it's important for children to find a dental home by age one.

Dr. Stickler has a video playing for a distraction while Zoe gets a cavity filled.

She shows Zoe how the procedure will feel on her fingernail.

Some dentists say if you can pretend a visit at home to ease your child's concerns.

"The fear of unknown. Fear of unknown. What is going on. What is going to happen."

This dentist offers incentives for a good visit.

The prize drawer is a favorite.

Zoe's family also plans a fun activity after the appointment.

"It's a little nerve wracking at first, but then you realize it's not bat at all."

Dr. Stickler says she loves working with children and helping them stay healthy.

Her number one piece of advice to moms and dads - stay calm.

"Let it be fun. Let it be fun and don't hype it up, just let it be a normal thing."

Parents often withhold food until after the dentist appointment.

Experts say it's a good idea to give your child a light, healthy snack before their visit.

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