Is your child scared to visit the dentist?

Parents, is your child scared to visit the dentist? We have tips to make a calmer visit!
Young children can visit the dentist as many as 10 times as their baby teeth fall out and adult teeth grow in. Many children think that a trip to the dentist will be a scary experience, especially if they have never been. Learning ways to calm your child can make visits run smoother. We answer some of the most-asked questions from parents!

Q:   When should I take my child to the dentist?

A:    Children should visit the dentist as early as possible- as soon as the first tooth appears! If the first tooth has not come in by age one, bring  your child in to see the dentist.  The earlier your child visits the dentist, the better.

Q:     What should I share with my child about visiting the dentist?

A:     Less is more. Children may become nervous with too much detail or information about visiting the dentist. When at home with your child, talk about the importance of a healthy smile. Keep a smile on your face and a positive attitude when talking to very young children. Use words like, “clean,” “strong” and “healthy” when talking about the dentist. Words like “scary,” “pain” or “hurt” can upset young children making them nervous.  As your child gets older, talk about how important it is to take care of teeth.

Q:    Is there anything to do with my child before the appointment?

A:   Try to get a good sleep the night before, everyone will be better rested in the morning. Crying during the visit is normal for many children, so do not be too alarmed. Parents should try to remain calm at all times, and the team at Kool Smiles can guide you and your child during the visit.

Q:  How can I make the visit fun?

A:    Turn the idea of visiting the dentist into a game! Try having a “pretend” visit for small children! Try using a toothbrush to count teeth,  practicing a dental cleaning on your child’s favorite toy or doll, or reading picture books about the dentist. Making sure your child is happy at the dentist will keep healthy, happy smiles for a lifetime!

Most children aren’t born afraid of the dentist, but sometimes parents can pass along their fears to children without knowing. Maybe your child did not have a great visit at another dentist and is afraid to go again. Kool Smiles believes that every child should have great dental care in a fun environment. Working together can make visiting the dentist fun!

Do you have tips to keep children calm before visiting the dentist? Please share in the comments section below!

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