Fear of the dentist can keep adults from getting basic oral health services, so it’s not surprising children aren’t crazy about them either.
To a child, dental offices can be loud and scary, and this, coupled with the fear of pain or discomfort can cause your little one throw tantrums before every visit.
However, there are some things you can try to remove the child’s fear of dentists and prevent them from growing up into an adult who avoids seeing dentists at all costs.
Here are 5 strategies to try:
Your regular dentist may do a great job restoring your oral health, but you should take the child to a pediatric dentist, especially if they tend to be scared during their appointments.
Apart from specialized oral health services, pediatric dentists are more experienced in dealing with children. Part of their role is to help the child feel more comfortable and at ease.
Pediatric dental practices are also a lot more fun for children. They are colorful and often filled with toys to comfort little patients.
Most likely, your child is scared of the dentist because they experienced pain during one of their appointments.
Taking the child for preventative appointments every six months helps teach them that not all dental visits end with pain and tears.
Plus, it’s a great way to reduce the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues that could lead to discomfort.
If your child is usually very wary of new environments, visiting the practice before their actual appointment can help them become more comfortable.
They can experience the surroundings and even meet some of the staff. As your child learns the new environment, they may become less fearful over time.
Set up a time with Laura or Dana when you call to schedule, and we will be happy to show you our office before your visit.
Talk openly with your child about the importance of oral hygiene and seeing the dentist. Help them understand that doing so will help their teeth grow strong and healthy, and they will have beautiful smiles.
You can also have them watch educational videos that explain what a dentist does or how important it is to care for their teeth.
On the homepage of our website, we have a video of Daniel Tiger visiting the dentist which may be helpful for your child to view.
If you are also afraid of the dentist or don’t make oral health your priority, then chances are your child will pick up on these behaviors.
Children learn by mimicking their parents' behaviors, but they can also pick up on their worries and anxieties.
Dr. Matt knows how to help your child feel more comfortable during their appointment: with lots of smiles, toys, and expert dental services delivered with a compassionate touch.
If your little one has dental problems that need addressing or you just want a regular check-up, schedule a visit to Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry today!