Visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience for anyone. This can be especially true for children. Dental anxiety is very common in kids, but there are a few things you can do as parents or guardians to help make the experiences not only less stressful but even fun!
Find the Right Dentist
Finding the right dentist is perhaps the most important step you can take to ensure your child has positive thoughts and feelings about their dental appointment. Not only is finding the right practitioner important, but the right environment is also a big factor. Our offices are relaxed and we are experienced in dealing with you and your kids to help make the process as comfortable as possible. Dr. Sea has extensive experience working with and treating kids, making Dynamic Dental Solutions an easy choice for you and your family.
Focus on the Positives
The actual examination takes up such a small part of the time involved in your dental appointment, so why focus solely on that part? Prior to the appointment, prepare your child by focusing on any positive aspects of the process, no matter how small.
Maybe you can get them excited about picking out a new toothbrush? If you have to pick them up from school early, that can seem like fun. Maybe there’s someone they like and you can remind them you’re going to see them. You could even arrange a treat for afterward, such as a trip to the park or somewhere else they like to go.
If you spend a little time making it into an adventure just for kids, they will barely think about the time they spend in the chair at all, making it far less stressful for both you and them.
Good Dental Habits
Daily brushing and flossing with your kids are vital to ensuring good oral hygiene. If you help your child take pride in their smile, they will be more likely to view the dentist as a positive part of their lives. Make it as fun as possible. Try some games or songs to help the process along. Perhaps even introduce a reward chart, with extra credit for a dental appointment.
Put all these tips into practice and soon your child will no longer fear the dentist. They may even look forward to their dental appointments! Dynamic Dental Solutions is the best way to ensure your dental appointment is “Friendly for Kids”, allowing the whole family to maintain that perfect smile.