At One Smile Dental, Dr. Collins and the rest of our team are pros at helping kids overcome their fear of the dentist and learn to care for their teeth themselves. However, sometimes a little extra encouragement from parents goes a long way toward helping their children overcome dental anxiety. With that in mind, we want to share five tips that will help make your kid’s next visit to our office a breeze.
- Start Early
- Bring a Toy
- Let Them Know in Advance
- Stay Calm
- Explain the Importance
Provide your child with a strong, healthy foundation for a lifetime of great dental health by getting them used to visiting the dentist from a young age. As they grow accustomed to regular cleanings and exams, their familiarity with our office will make dental visits easier on them and you in the future.
If your child feels more comfortable with their stuffed animal in tow, they can bring it with them to comfort them during their visit. You might even try playing a game of “pretend dentist” with their stuffed animal at home to get them used to the idea of dental hygiene.
Kids, like most of us adults, crave predictability. If you let them know in advance that they have a visit at our office coming up, they’ll have some time to get used to the idea and feel more comfortable when the appointment day arrives. You don’t want it to feel like a bad surprise!
Your child may get upset on the way to the dental office or while waiting for our team, but be sure to remain calm. Your relaxed attitude will communicate to your child that there is nothing to worry about.
Our One Smile Dental team takes extra care when explaining the importance of oral care to our younger patients – and you should do the same with your child. Set a good example: tell them you get your teeth cleaned every six months at the dentist too, and let them watch you brush and floss your teeth. Help them feel more knowledgeable about their oral health by teaching them that biannual dental visits and daily at-home oral care will keep their teeth healthy and strong!
We Are Here to Help!
If you have any other questions for our team about helping your child overcome dental anxiety, or you want to schedule appointments for you and your family, contact our office today.