Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist
Is your child nervous about visiting the dentist? Fear of the dentist is a common phobia in children and adults. However, there are many ways you can help your child overcome their dental fear. Whether your child is nervous or afraid, try these tips from our team to make your visit a more positive experience.
1. Be a role model
If you dread going to the dentist, it’s likely that your child will detect it. It’s important to set positive expectations for good oral health and lead by example. Brush and floss your teeth routinely with your child. Explain that regular dental visits, brushing twice a day, and flossing keeps their smile strong and healthy.
2. Learn more about pediatric dentistry
Going to the dentist shouldn’t be scary! Normalize dentist visits by inviting your child to learn more about dentistry and teeth. Take them to a library and read kid-friendly, educational dentistry books. We also have plenty of resources on our blog for your child to read, including the ABC’s of Dental Hygiene. Our Growing Healthy Smiles video is also a great resource.
3. Schedule regular dentist visits
For the best dental health treatment, bring your child for a check-up every six months. At your appointment, let us know if your child fears the dentist. We want your child to feel comfortable when they visit our office. Our dentists and dental hygienists have special training, and use fun age appropriate props like a stuffed dinosaur and his giant toothbrush, for easing children’s anxiety.
4. Use positive reinforcement
Stay positive throughout the dentist visit and avoid using words like “pain” or “scary”. Reward good behavior through praise. Remind them that a dentist is a friendly doctor for their teeth. Go to the park or ride bikes before or after the appointment to minimize stress. Also, we use fun incentives, like balloons, to make your child’s experience a relaxing one.
We love to make kids smile!
“The hygienist and all staff there made for a relaxing, stress free experience! They took the time to show him all their tools they use for the cleaning! He even left his appointment saying he loved going to the dentist and he couldn’t wait to go back!”
At Jenkins and LeBlanc, we put our patients first. Your child’s experience is important us.
If you are concerned about your child’s fear of the dentist, or have a child with special needs, let’s talk about your next visit. In some cases, dental sedation is an option to address your child’s dental anxiety. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.