We have a lot of children that come into the office pretty nervous about their dental visit, especially if it’s one of their first check-ups. As they age and get used to the process, they become more comfortable, but some children always harbor a bit of anxiety about getting their teeth cleaned. And who could blame them? There are grown women and men out there that still have anxiety surrounding that oh-so-necessary bi-annual appointment!
At Behind the Smile, we aim to make a visit to our office as enjoyable and kid-friendly as possible. Every child’s needs are different. That’s why we operate by listening to your child, answering their questions, and only proceeding when your child is completely comfortable. We’re dedicated to providing a friendly and reassuring environment that will soothe any fears little ones may have and get them on an early path to a lifetime of healthy teeth.
There are several ways that you can also help your child overcome any dental anxiety at home. For example, you should always make sure your child is fully prepared for the dentist by telling them about the appointment several days in advance. This gives children the opportunity to ask questions and have more control as they enter the office doors.
And one of our favorite ways to ease little one’s fears? A few funny tooth jokes!
Having some tooth-centered laughs helps children associate the dentist with fun and health instead of fear or worry. We love to lighten the situation in any way that makes children more comfortable, and jokes are an easy way to do this at home. Here are some humorous punchlines that keep us and our own kids chuckling!
Q: What did the dentist see at the North Pole?
A: A molar bear!
Q: What do dentists call their X-rays?
A: Tooth pics!
Q: What do tooth fairies have on their phones?
Q: What do dentists do on a roller coaster?
A: Brace themselves!
Q: Why did the deer need braces?
A: He had buck teeth!
Q: What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Q: Why do dentists like potatoes?
A: Because they are so filling!
Q: What is a dinosaur known for having great teeth?
A: The Flossoraptor!
If your child gets a kick out of any of these jokes, be sure to let us know. We love the power of a good laugh at Behind the Smile — we even started our own Kids Joke Series! We’ve asked kids to tell us their favorites jokes during their visit with us, and we’ll tell you one thing… the series has sure brightened up our office! You can see the joke videos (and watch them over and over if your kid has been featured!) on our Facebook page. We’ve included a few here for fun!
It’s so important to do what we can as dentists and parents to ease any childhood anxiety associated with going to the dentist, because we believe that a lifetime of a bright smile is formed at a young age. Positive experiences will teach children the necessity of healthy teeth and gums and help them form habits they’ll keep throughout their lives.