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4 Ways to Help Your Child Who’s Afraid of the Dentist

February 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — newtownteam @ 2:38 pm
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Taking your little one to their children’s dentist in Newtown every six months is a vital part of making sure their oral health remains on track. Children’s teeth are incredibly fragile and vulnerable to tooth decay. If they’re afraid to step foot in their dentist’s office because they’re unsure of what to expect or are anxious, you can improve their experience by helping them feel more comfortable and relaxed. Read on for four ways you can make your child’s dental visits less scary.

Get Them Familiar By Bringing Them To Your Appointments

The best way to help your child get used to the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office is to start taking them when you visit the dentist for a checkup and cleaning. Although this may seem like a hassle, having them watch you get your teeth cleaned and examined while remaining calm, positive, and even having fun can be a great way to encourage them to feel the same. Without them being in the treatment chair, they can look at dental visits with a new perspective, and feel more comfortable asking the dentist questions and getting to know the environment more.

Don’t Include Too Many Details

The best way to prepare your child for a dental visit, especially their first appointment, is to be general when you try to explain it to them. If you go into too many details, it can cause them to ask more questions and spark unnecessary anxiety. Plus, it’s best to not make them form several expectations that may or may not be filled.

Take Them To a “Practice Visit” At Home

Simulating a fun, pretend “practice visit” at home before their official visit with their dentist in Newtown is a good way to get them acquainted with what goes on during a checkup. Be sure to avoid making any type of drilling noises or creating intimidating imagery that could cause fear or anxiety. All you need is a toothbrush and a mirror so your child can see how their dentist is going to count their teeth and make sure they’re healthy. There are also plenty of picture books available that help walk children through their first visits.

Avoid Bribing Them

Many parents resort to bribing their children with a special treat if they behave well during their appointment. However, professionals don’t recommend this because it could raise the question, “What’s so bad about the dentist that I might want to cry?” Instead, you can praise your little one for being good.

Children’s dentists are used to treating young patients who are hesitant about their appointment. They know just what to do to help break down their walls and provide them with a great experience that encourages them to keep up with their oral health, even into adulthood.

About the Practice

We offer the services of seven highly experienced dentists who are all passionate about working with patients of all ages, including children, to help optimize their oral health. Our team has countless years of experience helping children feel comfortable and relaxed at our office while they receive high-quality preventive treatments. To schedule your little one’s checkup and cleaning, visit our website or call 215-579-9900.

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