When first working with a child, book an orientation appointment. This will be a time to get to know each other, check the examination room and introduce them with the oral health tools.

It is important to have an introduction protocol when you have a first appointment with a child.

For an optimal experience, it’s advisable to refrain from any actual dental work during this initial appointment, particularly if the child has never undergone such procedures or has had negative prior experiences.

Instead, schedule a follow-up appointment for the next week. This approach allows the child ample time to absorb and integrate the information from the orientation session, significantly enhancing the likelihood of a positive and enduring experience.

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Encourage the child to express any questions they might have about the upcoming appointment, fostering an open dialogue.

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Discuss how they can communicate the need

By incorporating this one tool you create an atmosphere of empathy, choice, and clear communication, contributing to a positive and supportive dental experience for both parents and their children

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