Making a Trip to the Dentist Less Frightening for Kids

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Making a Trip to the Dentist Less Frightening for Kids

For some children, a dental visit can seem like their greatest fears realized: Being in a strange place, surrounded by people you’ve never met, and then having to lie in a vulnerable position while strangers put their hands in your mouth. No matter what your child’s fears may be, it is extremely important to have their teeth checked regularly by a skilled, caring dentist. As a parent, you know that a trip to the dentist can cause anxiety, but you can lessen your child’s concerns.

Find a Dentist Who’s Popular with Children

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If your child experiences anxiety at the mention of a visit to the dentist, help him/her overcome this fear by finding a clinic that is great with treating youngsters. Ask other parents if their child had a good experience with their dentist, and then check out that highly-recommended clinic. Dentists who are able to easily build rapport with children can definitely make a huge difference in how your child feels about oral health for the rest of their life.

Start as Early as Possible

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Bringing your children to the dentist as early as his first tooth becomes visible is another great strategy to get them accustomed to regular dental visits. The earlier you help a child understand the importance of taking care of teeth and gums, the better. Bringing your child to the dentist when he is a few years older can be tough because they may have already heard scary stories about peers’ dental visits.

Teach Strong Oral Health Care Habits

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One of the most effective ways to help your young person overcome his fear of dentist is to teach the importance of good oral health. “Model” for your child by brushing and flossing twice daily, and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and X-Rays. Take your child along! S/he’ll learn that the dentist is the best person to help him/her maintain healthy set of teeth as he grows up. When explaining to your children the importance of seeing the dentist, prepare them for their first visit by explaining what will happen.

If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of taking your baby or toddler to the dental clinic, or they’ve already had a bad experience, there is a friendly place to go for help. Dr. Urszula Barrios specializes in providing professional dental care for children and family members of all ages. Call us at (519) 767-6453 or request an appointment via email at info@guelphdentist.com.