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How to Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit Fun


Dental visits are an important part of keeping your child healthy and developing good oral hygiene habits, so it’s important that they think of these visits as fun and enjoyable – which makes everything so much easier for parents too! Here are some tips from our team of children’s dentistry providers in Montville, NJ.

  1. Encouragement: Positive words of encouragement are a great way to set the tone for the visit. Talk about how bright, shiny and clean their teeth will be, and even offer a treat for after the visit like playtime in the park. This positivity helps prevent your child from feeling anxious and fearful of the new sights, sounds and smells of the dental office.
  2. Choose a child-friendly dentist: Children’s dentists that are filled with toys and distractions, helpful staff who love kids and are happy to help with anxious children, as well as a dentist who knows the challenges of children’s oral healthcare are all essential. They’ll be able to assist you if your child is having a bad day, they’ll help keep the atmosphere positive and they’ll know exactly how to address any dental concerns.
  3. Make it special: Does your child feel especially self-confident when wearing a superhero cape? Are they at their happiest wearing a new outfit? Or do they feel the most comfortable with their favorite toy? Whatever your child loves best, let them bring, wear or take it with to the dentist. This will help them feel relaxed, happy and brave enough for their appointment.
  4. Talk about what happens: Not knowing what to expect can be the scariest part of a dental appointment, so talk to your child about what the dentist and his staff will do. Keep it light and reassuring, and talk about how all this keeps their teeth and smiles healthy and strong.

Happy Kids, Healthy Smiles at our Children’s Dentistry Practice in Montville, NJ 

With two kids of his own, Dr. Anthony Cannilla is a kid’s dentist who knows just how important – and how challenging – children’s dentistry can be! With a team that loves children and is always happy to find new ways to make oral hygiene enjoyable for kids, our practice is always available to assist parents develop oral homecare techniques as well as teach children the importance of healthy teeth.

We pride ourselves on making visits to the dentist a fun and comfortable experience, using the latest in safe, state-of-the-art technology as well as fun activities to keep kids enjoying themselves – including a prize at the end of each visit for being such a great patient!

For more information on our children’s dental services in Montville, NJ or to book an appointment, please contact us today.

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9AM – 5PM
9AM – 7PM
9AM – 7PM
9AM – 5PM
8AM – 1PM
Every Other
8AM – 1PM

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Contact Details

170 Changebridge Road
Suite A 4-1
Montville, New Jersey 07045

(973) 882-1516