The best way to prepare your child is not to prepare at all. Children are very perceptive and can “read” your apprehensions, no matter how subtle. When parents try to ease the visit, they often say things like, “We’re going to the dentist, and they don’t hurt or anything.” The child hears “dentist” and “hurt.” Think about it. We don’t say, “we’re going to the supermarket, and you don’t have to be afraid,” so why prepare for the dentist? Merely tell your child on the day of the visit that today, we will visit the dentist, and they count your teeth. If your child asks questions, tell them, “I don’t know, but you can ask the dentist yourself!” This is true because dentistry has changed drastically from the days when you were young, and chances are, the things you remembered are very different.