As an adult, you have visited the dentist many times throughout your life, but for a child, it may be a new and unfamiliar scenario, which may cause them to feel frightened. Children often think that visits to the dentist will hurt, or they are afraid of the unknown. To overcome fear of the dentist, parents should try to explain the experience and make it feel familiar. At Kids First Dentistry, we pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for children of all ages and abilities. We strive to ease childhood dental concerns by creating a fun experience filled with educational opportunities that teach children about their teeth and ways to properly care for them.
3 Tips to Help Calm Your Child During Their Dental Visit
In our many years of professional dental care, we have heard parents tell us “my child is afraid of the dentist.” Our highly trained and specialized staff provides expert-level care to minimize the fear of the unknown. We understand your child’s concerns and show patience and respect during their exam. We work closely with parents to provide a comfortable, relaxing environment. Here are some things you can do to help ease your child’s concerns.
- Before the Dental Visit
Before the visit, have an upbeat, positive attitude about the dentist. It may be helpful to role play the dental visit at home first; take turns pretending to be the dentist or the patient.
- During the Dental Visit
Consider bringing your child’s favorite stuffed animal or blanket with you to ease their anxieties. Talk to your child while they are in the dental chair; tell jokes or remind them of funny stories.
- After the Visit
Remind your child often about the importance of good oral hygiene and how the dentist helps achieve that goal. Use positive reinforcement such as a new toothpaste or toothbrush with a favorite character to help them develop a love for oral care.
Contact Us Today
To schedule an appointment for your child in a friendly, positive environment, contact Kids First Dentistry today. Speak with a member of our team by calling (203) 293-7339.