To adults, going to the dentist is part of your routine. To a child, seeing their pediatric dentist, it’s scary and unknown. Especially if your child has never been to the dentist, it may seem extra scary for them. Kids often think of going to the dentist and associate it with pain. If your child is scared of the dentist and you want to help them overcome their fear of their dentist here are a few things you can focus on at home before they come in for their children’s dentistry visit.
The first thing you can do is take your child in with you when you have your own routine dental appointment. Your child can then watch the entire process from start to finish and have a better understanding of what to expect for their own appointment. You can also brush and floss your teeth every day with your child. When you have good dental hygiene habits, your child will follow in your footsteps.
One way you can introduce the dentist to your child is to read a book about it before bed. Books that are fun, colorful, and full of information will help put your child’s mind at ease. These books normally go over what happens at the dentist and what to expect in a fun and light way to show children that seeing their dentist isn’t a big deal.
Give them something to look forward to after the dentist. If your child has been wanting to go see a movie, visit a new playground, have a playdate with a friend, are all good options to have your child do after a successful visit of their children’s dentist. This will help keep their mind busy on something they are looking forward to.
Not all dentists are good with kids. If you take your child to a pediatric dentist then they normally are equipped with decorations that make children feel comfortable and know how to handle them in any situation.
To book an appointment with our children’s dentist at All Pro Dental or with any help with your child’s fear of the dentist you can call us at (781) 853 – 0111 or contact us on our website. We love seeing patients of all ages but specialize in pediatric dentistry. Let us help your child establish good oral health habits from a young age.