There are a lot of things a child has to process during a trip to the dentist: new faces, new equipment, unfamiliar noises, and strange vibrations.
It’s natural for your child to be afraid, but there are several things you can do to help your child feel more comfortable at the dentist.
- Talk To Your Child:
Tell him or her about the upcoming dentist visit and answer any questions. Don’t give your child all of the details, but be reassuring and positive about the trip. Dentists are trained to be able to make children feel comfortable during a visit.
- Take Your Child To Your Dental Visit:
You can help your child to feel comfortable at the dentist’s office by taking them to your own visits, starting at an early age.
- Read Picture Books about Going to the Dentist:
There are several different picture books available for children. Choose one that is upbeat and informative and let your child look it over a few days before the dentist visit, or better, read it to your child while he or she is young.
- Explain the Importance:
Explain to your child how important it is to visit the dentist in order to have healthy teeth and gums. Get them excited about the visit and about taking care of their teeth.
- Visit a Pediatric Dentist:
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to work with children and make them feel as comfortable as possible. Even if they are especially fearful, a good pediatric dentist will be able to make children comfortable enough to treat their teeth.
If you are looking for a great pediatric dentist or orthodontist in the San Diego area, call the Super Dentists at 888- 592-7410. Our fun, relaxing atmosphere will help your child lose his or her fear of the dentist—and actually enjoy the visit!