Going to the dentist can be scary for little kids, and sometimes even for adults. There are several aspects of the dentist that can keep kids away so to help you, we are going to give you some ways you can help reduce your child’s fear of the dentist.
The younger the better
When your child begins visiting the dentist at a young age, you are providing them a ‘dental home’ where all of their needs can be taken care of. It is recommended to start bringing your child into the dentist at the age of 1 or when their first tooth is visible.
Stay positive and watch your words
When your child is preparing for visit, keep things simple for them to understand. Don’t give your child false hope. This may cause your child to lose trust in the dentist and you as a parent. Keep a positive attitude during the appointment. Remember, when your child is at the dentist, keep words like ‘shot’, ‘hurt’ or ‘pain’ out of your vocabulary. Allow our staff to use their own vocabulary to get through difficult situations.
If your child is new to the dentist, don’t be alarmed if you see them cry, wiggle or whine a little. This is normal for younger children to do. A key reminder is to stay calm and remember our dentist and staff are used to working with children that have had similar tantrums. If needed, there will be times you may be asked to hold your child’s hand to keep them calm.
After your dentist visit, make sure you emphasize to your child just how essential the visits to the dentist are. Let them know that clean teeth make for healthy, strong teeth in the future. Give our office a call today by calling 760-941-8511 to set up your child’s dentist appointment. We will make sure to provide an environment they will want to come back to in the future!