Kids’ fear of going to the dentist is usually anticipatory and unfounded. Here are a few tips to help eradicate the potential for life-time dental anxiety by ensuring positive dental experiences throughout childhood.
- Show no fear.
Even if you experience anxiety, do not communicate this to your child.
- Set the bar high.
Demonstrate excellent home care and encourage your child to practice at an age-appropriate level. Pitch in when necessary.
- Start early.
Call us to discuss the best time to start your child’s dental visits, beginning with a get-to-know-us appointment, and if we complete an oral exam, you will be right at your child’s side. Afterwards, make the day even more special by catching a movie or by going out to lunch together.
- Instill pride.
Praise your child for taking good care of their smile…not for their bravery.