5 Fun Activities For Your Child After A Visit To The Dentist
Your child has just finished a trip to the dentist. Things went well, but you want to continue to make visits to doctors and dentists aa good experience, and associate checkups and good health with something positive.
How about this: what can you do after the visit to make it a fun day? What activities can you do with your child that are fun but can also be part of building good habits and learning? Where you live, you will have different options and events that you could tie into a post-dentist visit. Here are a few basic ideas to get you started:
- Go to the library. Find books about sharks or dinosaurs (animals with unusual teeth), fiction stories involving teeth(the tooth fairy, for example), and even books about careers as a dentist or doctor. Make it a game and ask your child to find three books that have something to do with a visit to the dentist, books that are about teeth, the mouth, or a dentist. Check those books out.
- Stop by the store. You probably already have some errands to run. While you’re at the store, let your child pick out a new toothbrush and toothpaste. If you’re at the grocery store, talk about the foods that are good for you and that are also good for teeth. Let your child pick out a cheese or other healthy snacks, and explain why they’re “teeth happy” foods.
- Stop by the museum. Here in Bismarck, we have dinosaur displays at the Heritage Center museum. Talk about big teeth! A trip to the museum is always a good idea, and after a visit to the dentist, displays like those of dinosaurs are a great way to talk about teeth, or maybe even get a photo next to them.
- Visit the pet store or vet clinic. Call a local pet store or vet clinic ahead of time, and ask if they have anyone there that can talk about caring for a pet’s teeth. Ask if a groomer or other staff member could demonstrate how they care and clean an animal’s teeth. They might have pet treats that double as teeth cleaning treatments. It’s a good way for your child to get interested in their pet’s health, too.
- Make something. There are plenty of online resources that have dental and health-related activity sheets for you to download and print. Ask your dentist if he or she has anything for kids before you leave the dental office, too.
It might seem like a lot of work, but by making the day an all-around positive experience, you set your child up to view the dentist and dental health as something positive while learning more about their own health, too.