A tooth extraction can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone, adult or child. If your child’s pediatric dentist has advised they have one or multiple teeth extracted, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry recommends talking with and preparing your child for this procedure beforehand. If you’re unsure how to explain it or prepare them, we have some tips to help.

Be Transparent about the Tooth Extraction

One of the most important parts about preparing your child for a tooth extraction is being open and honest about what is going to happen to them. The more knowledgeable and understanding they are of the procedure, the less frightened they will be when the time comes. You should also explain to them the reason for the extraction and why it is necessary to keep their smile healthy.

Positive Reinforcement

There’s something to be said about getting through tough times because there was something to look forward to. Your child is more likely to stay calm during the procedure if they know there’s a reward for waiting for them after. Dinner at their favorite restaurant, a trip to their favorite store, or a dessert of their choice are great examples of positive reinforcement. If your child is a fan of the tooth fairy, remind them how they are in for a reward after the procedure.

Videos to Calm Nerves about the Dentist

If your child is nervous about visiting the dentist office, there are a ton of great resources online to help ease their dental anxiety. Videos from popular kids shows like Daniel Tiger, Peppa Pig, Finny the Shark, and more! There are also a lot of great children’s books that can help prepare them for a trip to the dentist.

Know about Post-Procedure Care

Set clear expectations about how to care for the removal spot with your pediatric dentist while your child is around so they know what is required of them. This preparation will ensure there are no surprises, like cleaning, not using straws, eating soft foods, or doing saltwater rinses.

Ask the Experts

If you’re unsure of any part of the tooth extraction procedure or have more questions about how to prepare your child for it, contact Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry.