3 Ways to Help Children Overcome Fear of the Dentist
A morbid fear of going to the dentist is shockingly common among adults and leads to many leaving dental health issues until they have become tough to deal with. To keep this from happening to your child, it is important to start early, helping your child to see the dentist’s office as a safe place that is important to good overall health. Here are a few tips to help you child avoid a fear of the dentist.
#1: Have the First Checkup Early
If you start taking your child to a pediatric dentist every 6 months starting from the first tooth eruption (or by age 1 at the latest) then going to the dentist’s office will be a normal routine rather than something new and potentially frightening. If your child is already older than 1 and has not been to the dentist, schedule a checkup as soon as possible.
#2: Speak Positively About the Dentist
There’s no need to mention things like a drill or needle. In all likelihood, your child won’t need to worry about those things if good oral care is maintained at home. Focus on the fun to be had in the waiting room, how friendly the pediatric dentists and staff are, and the new toothbrush that comes along with most dental visits. If you are positive about the dentist, your child is likely to be as well.
#3 Choose the Right Pediatric Dentist Office
By taking your child to a dentist’s office that is fun, thorough, and focuses on prevention, you can avoid a lot of the scary things about going to the dentist. At BRSH+FLSS, our philosophy is to create an enjoyable environment for children with a focus on prevention that leads to fewer emergency visits. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists, just call 619-741-1500.