Table 4 Hints and tips for getting good behaviour from a child

From: Vital guide to Paediatric Dentistry

• Greet the child by their name
• Chat to the child about non-dental topics before getting down to business
• Make sure that the child remains centre of attention – involve parents of course, but keep your focus on the child
• Acclimatisation – introduce the child to the dental surgery at their first visit but do not carry out any active treatment
• Children have a short attention span – do not launch into lengthy explanations
• Tell, Show, Do – explain what you are going to do, demonstrate the procedure on a plastic model or over the bracket table, then proceed with treatment
• Congratulate good and helpful behaviour
• Reward the child on their departure
• Tell them that you are looking forward to seeing them next time