Dental anxiety is common among children, even if they’ve been to the dentist several times. In fact, some parents avoid taking their child to the dentist because they want to avoid conflict. We don’t want that to happen to your family. Your child needs to see the dentist for proper oral health care and development.
The tips below will help you get your child excited about dentist appointments.
Work With The Right Pediatric Dentist
Seeing the right dentist can make all the difference in the world. Here at Clinton Dental Center, we make oral health and hygiene a fun, stress-free experience. Our office is comfortable and inviting, so your child does not get overwhelmed by the environment. We have tools and equipment made just for a child’s size, and we treat all of our patients like family. Your child will get the pediatric dentistry he or she deserves, and you can enjoy peace of mind.
See The Dentist At Least Twice A Year
Everybody should go to the dentist at least twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. This protects teeth from tooth decay and allows the dentist to catch problems at the earliest signs. Keep your child on a regular dentistry schedule, and he or she won’t be so nervous about the next visit. This will just become part of the routine.
You should also schedule dental appointments twice a year. Not only will this protect your smile, but it will show your child that there is nothing to be afraid of. The more you take care of your teeth, the more your child will be inclined to do the same.
Treat Dental Appointments As Fun Experiences
In the days leading up to your child’s dentist appointment, talk about how excited you are. You might use an incentive like “You get to leave school early Thursday to go see the dentist. How fun, right?!” Make every element of the process something positive and focus on the elements your child naturally enjoys (getting a new toothbrush, seeing a specific person at the dentist office, etc.). If you have a positive attitude about it, your child will follow suit.
Keep Household Stress To A Minimum
If your child is stress about other issues in the household, going to the dentist can seem more stressful than it actually is. Help your child with homework, keep marital fights to a minimum, and make sure your child gets plenty of rest at night. All of these little adjustments will make a big difference in your child’s attitude and perception of going to the dentist.
Brush And Floss Every Day
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day with your child. This can be a fun family experience that emphasizes just how important good oral health is. It will also make teeth cleanings faster and easier, and it will give your child more confidence about his or her smile. For more information about pediatric dental care, contact Clinton Dental Center to speak to our friendly staff members.