Grace's First Trip to the Dentist

masamom Submitted by: masamom

Explain a visit to the dentist and ease anxiety associated with going to the dentist.

10 minutes
36 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


Grace sat quietly in the car and thought about the dentist. What would the dentist do? Would it hurt?

When they arrived at the dentist, Grace wasn’t so sure she wanted to go in. While Grace’s mom signed in, Grace sat in a small chair and looked at a book. After a few minutes, a lady called Grace’s name.

“Hi Grace. My name is Carmen," smiled the lady. "I’m the dental hygienist. That’s just a fancy way of saying I’m the tooth cleaner. Are you ready?”

“I guess,” answered Grace shyly.

Inside the little room, there was a weird chair. Carmen helped Grace climb in and showed her how the chair laid back. Carmen handed Grace sunglasses and explained that she needed the bright light to see because a mouth is like a dark cave. Carmen saw Grace looking at her instrument tray.

“Those are my tools that help me see inside your mouth to count and clean your teeth," explained Carmen. "I call this one with the hook “Captain Hook” because it helps me explore your teeth.”

Grace giggled and pointed to a brush-looking thing and asked if that was a big toothbrush. Carmen explained that it was a big toothbrush and that it didn’t hurt at all. She took Grace’s hand and showed her how it tickled.

Carmen asked Grace to pick a toothpaste flavor. "Would you strawberry, orange, grape, bubblegum, cinnamon or mint?"

Wow! Grace didn't know they had so many flavors. She picked strawberry.

Carmen used it to brush Grace's teeth. Then Carmen used a piece of string called dental floss to clean between Grace’s teeth. Grace liked when Carmen squirted water in her mouth and sucked it out with a special tool.

“Okay kiddo, we are almost done. Two more things. We need to take an x-ray of your teeth. An x-ray shows the inside of your teeth and helps the dentist look for little holes in your teeth called cavities. If there are any cavities, the dentist can fix them. Then the last thing we will do is put special vitamins, called fluoride, on your teeth to make them stronger,” Carmen said.

The rest of the visit was easy. The x-ray didn’t even hurt. The fluoride tasted a little weird, but Grace could manage it for a few minutes knowing it made her teeth strong. Then she was done.

Carmen let Grace pick out a new pink and purple toothbrush and a cool sticker. Going to the dentist hadn’t been scary at all. In fact, it was kind of fun!

Developmental skills