Visiting the dentist for the first time should be a positive experience, one that child would like to repeat again and again. When I was young I loved to go to the dentist, but perhaps that is because my father was my dentist. But as kids I think we are all looking for the same thing: a cheerful, friendly person who is willing to explain and show things before they were done. A prize at the end is also a plus! Dalseth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has seen families for multiple generations now, and even some of the young adults are telling their children about the prize basket they had when they came to see our office as a kids. It’s the same basket that we use today!
I think it is important for parents to talk to their children about coming to the dentist in a positive, non-threatening manner. The majority of the kids we see at our office love to come back for their next appointments. Their parents love to share this, and it makes us feel good about the work we do.
For our staff we have family night. We see all the staffs’ kids and spouses, and clean their teeth. When we are all done we have a pizza party and ice cream! We try to make everyone’s dental experience positive and enjoyable.
-Dr. Pascal Dalseth