Did you have a negative dental experience as a child? Unfortunately, too many adults end up developing a lifetime of dental anxiety for this very reason.
You don't want your child to be burdened by this kind of fear, but you aren't sure how to prevent it from happening. Fortunately, there are several ways you can set your child up for a successful first visit to the dentist.
Before your child's first "official" visit, you can help them by bringing them to one of your appointments. For kids, there's comfort in predictability; visiting the office and meeting the dentist without the stress of treatment can build trust so they see the dental office as a friendly place.
Keep Your Opinions to Yourself
Children pick up on everything you say and do, so if you have negative feelings, be sure not to transmit them to your child. Regardless of how well you prepare them, your child still may be stressed, so don't add to it with your negativity.
Don't plant ideas of discomfort by using words like "hurt" or "pain." Phrases like "sugar bugs" or "happy teeth" will put a positive spin on their oral health care.
If you already have a family dentist who you know is comfortable treating children, you're off to a good start. If not, you may want to consider bringing your child to a dental office that's sensitive to kids' unique needs.
Use Proper Motivation
Rewarding your child after a dental visit with candy or ice cream may seem like a good idea. But the message you're sending is that the experience is something to be endured. If you follow the above tips, you won't need to bribe them to get them into the dental chair.
Make an Appointment at Garden Springs Dental
Dr. Davis and Dr. Edens have been practicing pediatric dentistry in Lexington, KY for over 20 years. We would love to welcome your child to our practice, so please call us to arrange for a tour