As one of the few pediatric dentists in Katy, we pride ourselves on creating a warm and inviting environment at our office. It’s important to us that children have a positive view of going to the dentist before and during their appointment. Preventing and alleviating the fear associated with the dentist encourages future overall oral health. Kids who have a good relationship with their dentist are more likely to keep up with regular visits and be proactive in the care of their teeth when they grow older. It’s also our belief that parents can play an essential role by working with us as a team. Here are four ways you can help your child overcome their fear of the dentist.
Introduce your child to our practice before your official appointment.
Your initial visit to the pediatric dentist should be relaxed and non-formal. Schedule a time to stop by the office for a “meet and greet” that doesn’t involve any major procedures. This will make the pediatric dentist’s office seem less scary when your child does have to come in for a checkup.
Avoid using negative words when referring to the dental visit.
As we mentioned in our previous post on finding a dental home, it’s a good idea to refrain from using words that connote fear when talking about the dentist. Avoid saying things like drill, pain, hurt and shot.
Face your own fears.
Recent studies have shown that children can pick up on their parents’ dental anxiety. If you are afraid of the dentist, be honest with your child and dentist, but don’t let them see you freak out. Think about which conversations about your own dental care are appropriate for your child to hear.
Have fun at the dentist.
At our pediatric dental office, going to the dentist really can be a fun experience. We have lots of toys, games, magazines, and kid-friendly decor. Try to build excitement for the appointment and plan a fun day that centers around the visit. Keep the mood light and positive and your child will follow your example.
To learn more about what to expect at your first visit to the pediatric dentist, give us a call! Our pediatric dentist at Kids Healthy Teeth would be happy to provide you with more information.