Dental Fear and Your Child

It’s important to start caring for your child at a young age. In fact, you should start caring for your child’s gums before their first tooth comes in. A part of caring for your child’s teeth is taking them to frequent dental appointments. Sadly, taking your child to the dentist can be a difficult experience. To help you have a more pleasant experience, we’re happy to list three tips for helping your child overcome their anxiety.

  • Talking to your child can be a very effective way to relieve their anxiety. It’s possible that your child has learned to be anxious because they heard a scary experience or even saw something that disturbed them. Please remember to be attentive when you speak to your child about this problem. If you can identify the root of his or her anxiety, you may be able to help them overcome their anxiety.
  • You may want to consider alerting your child’s dentist before the visit. Many dentists can take extra care for children who are concerned about their visit. However, it may work better if your dentist knows in advance and has time to prepare before the appointment.
  • If your child has questions about what to expect, we recommend giving straightforward, simple answers. Please do not try to answer more complex questions. Your child’s dentist will be trained to answer questions without being threatening. Also, please avoid words such as “hurt” and “shot”.

Please feel free to contact us soon if you are interested in learning more about how you can help your child alleviate their fear of visiting the dentist.