Dentist visits can be terrifying the first time

Dentist visits can be terrifying the first time

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Child smiling with missing teeth and two thumbs upThe first visit to a dentist can be terrifying.  Thankfully for Bobby*, the familiar face of Ronald McDonald® comforted
him.

One afternoon, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® visited the Cleveland Christian Home to provide dental services to children.  Bobby had to be brave for his first step to a healthy, smiling mouth and teeth.  As he walked up the steps of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, he tried his best to hide his anxiety and fears. This is no ordinary dental clinic – this one is on wheels!

The moment Bobby saw Ronald McDonald’s likeness welcoming him at the door, he regained his confidence. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile dental team made sure Bobby felt safe and secure throughout all of his procedures.  He was thrilled to be able to watch videos during his examination and treatments amidst the brightly colored cartoon figures on the walls.  Bobby could relax, and maintain his enthusiasm during the several visits it took to complete his treatment.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile remained Bobby’s source of dental care throughout his treatment.  Bobby’s mother was able to bring him back for treatments whenever the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile visited. Without the services provided by the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Bobby’s mom would not have been able to afford his dental care.

Bobby left a more confident kid, no longer afraid of the dentist.  His positive experiences of the caring team of dental professionals has left a lasting impression on Bobby’s outlook about future visits to the dentist.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc., provides financial support to the Ronald McDonald Houses and to other children’s charities.  Helping support and fund the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is one way we are keeping families close.   Our mission is to support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile certainly showcases caring for children – not only for their health care needs – but for their well-being beyond the care.

(* not his real name)

March 13th, 2017|Special Stories|