For parents looking to familiarize children with the basics of COVID, “The ABC’s of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall” is a phenomenal resource. The 90-minute show aired in late April and features a funny and informative conversation between Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Big Bird about the main aspects of the virus.
Once the child understands COVID basics, it’s time for parents to tell the child that today (or tomorrow, or next week), they will see the dentist. Parents should talk about the “new” things the children may see in the office, like the noise from devices that minimize virus spread or the gown that the dentist will be wearing.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry published a wonderful resource, “Talking to Parents About the COVID-19 Pandemic,” to help facilitate these conversations.