Going to the dentist can be a dreaded experience for some children. The fear of the unknown or maybe they've had a cavity filled before and now they're afraid to go, or even something as simple as fear of strangers can make a trip to the dentist traumatic. Let's look at a few ways to make a dental visit more exciting for your child.
Make it About Fun
Hopefully, early visits to the dentist, preferably prior to his/her first birthday will help eliminate any stress or fear that your child has about going to the dentist. However, from time to time, a child becomes fearful. The strange smells, unusual noises and surgical masks can contribute to the scary feeling of being at the dentist. One way to counteract this with toddlers is role playing games. At home, get or make some play dentist tools, ask your dentist office for a mask and gloves and play with your child. You can pretend to be the dentist and play examine your child's mouth, and then switch places. Let your child be the dentist and you be the patient. Play makes scary things familiar and your child will warm up to the 'game' of Playing Dentist.
Try dressing for fun! Do you have an old Halloween costume stuck in the closet? What fun to show up at the dentist dressed as a princess or a super hero! Make it an adventure.
Most importantly, be sure to choose a dentist who is great with children. Our staff has plenty of experience dealing with our smallest clients and we would love to partner with you in keeping your child's dental health in check. Our empathetic staff and fun atmosphere are sure to put children (and parents) at ease. Call us today and schedule a checkup, or stop in for a tour! We're looking forward to seeing your smile!
Beautifully written and very informative
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