When we do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do.” — Daniel Tiger
Many adults fondly remember watching Fred Rogers and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood when they were children. Today’s youngsters watch a similar program with the animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, based on characters from the original show’s “Neighborhood of Make-Believe.” And just as Mr. Rogers visited the dentist during his series, so too Daniel Tiger visits the dentist in a recent episode that was written with help from the American Dental Association.
First Visits Can Be Scary
Since visiting the dentist, especially for the first time, can be scary for youngsters, the episode illustrates a typical visit to the dentist. As quoted from the show at the start of this article, discussing first-time experiences before they take place helps calm a child during the actual event.
Also, because Daniel brushes his teeth in the morning and at night, he has a trouble-free visit to the dental office. Likewise, children usually have simple dental visits if parents help them to follow the “2×2” principle. That means brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. Using dental floss at least once during the day also helps both the teeth and the gums stay clean and healthy.
Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a dentist, professor of pediatrics and ADA spokesperson, helped the producers to write the script for this show. He comments: “It was a great experience. We were able to show the real steps kids can expect when they visit the dentist, show how we speak to kids and how kids respond.”
If you would like to help your child have a worry-free dental visit, watch this new PBS episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with your young one. And if he or she would like to visit the downtown office of the Sacramento Dentistry Group, please call or write us online to arrange a brief tour. We are always happy to help youngsters enjoy their first dental exam and all the visits that follow!