How to Protect Your Child from Fear of the Dentist
Seeing the dentist is often portrayed as one of the scariest things, but it doesn’t have to be that way for your children. Now is the time to help them see the dentist as a friend who wants to help preserve their smile for life. Here are a few things that can help.
Be Positive About the Dentist
Your child will imitate how you feel. If you tell horror stories about bad experiences you’ve had, a child is likely to be scared. Instead, teach your child that dentist is there to help and that it can be a fun and enjoyable experience.
Focus on Prevention Rather than Restoration
Regular brushing and flossing are vital. When a child only sees a dentist for checkups every 6 months, it’s a lot more enjoyable than needing cavities filled and other restorative work. Once your child has a rapport with a pediatric dentist and practice, it will be a lot easier to deal with an emergency. In those cases, sedation dentistry can help to maintain your child’s positive view of the dentist.
Find the Right Pediatric Dentist
First of all, you need a dentist who is trained to work with kids. Many dentists do not have the proper bedside manner for a young patient. Second, you want to choose a practice that makes the visit enjoyable, so your child will be happy to come back in 6 months.
BRSH+FLSS would be proud to be the pediatric dental practice you take your kids to. We strive to make every visit enjoyable, our dentists are specially trained to work with kids, and our facility provides a gooed experience for parents and children alike. Plus, we offer sedation dentistry to keep kids smiling even when a visit is for restoration instead of prevention. Contact us today at 619-741-1500 to create a positive dental experience for your young ones.