3 Reasons Kids Fear the Dentist and How to Overcome the Anxiety
We discuss fear of the dentist regularly on our blog because it is one of the primary reasons that adults fail to get needed dental work done, and these fears can be passed down to children. Helping kids to deal with anxiety over being in the dentist’s chair is the best way to ensure that your kids will take care of their teeth now and in adulthood. To help prevent these fears, we’re going to look at 3 common causes of fear of the dentist and ways to overcome each of these anxieties.
- Seeing the anxiety of parents. This is the primary cause of fear in children. If you are positive about your dental experiences and help kids to appreciate there is nothing to fear, they will likely follow your lead. Try to protect your children from horror stories that some tell about the dentist, and if your kids come home from school talking about a bad experience a friend had, have an open discussion about it to calm your child’s fears.
- Not understanding dental procedures. Be sure to explain to your child what has involved in any dental procedures he or she requires. Your pediatric dentist can help you to understand the process yourself and to explain it in a way that won’t be frightening to a kid.
- Fear due to a bad experience. If your child has already had a bad dental experience, that can lead to fear. Using the best possible pediatric dentist is important to avoid negative experiences. Preventative dentistry can limit the need for procedures that could result in a bad experience.
Helping Your Child to Avoid Fear of the Dentist
BRH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry helps children to avoid the fear of the dentist by providing a fun environment with a friendly staff that can explain procedures well. Our board-certified pediatric dentists are focused on prevention to avoid the need for as many restorative treatments, and they put their skills to use to keep even difficult procedures as pain-free as possible. To schedule an appointment at our San Diego practice, call 619-741-1500.