Regular checkups with the dentist are important for patients of all ages, especially children. For parents who have been to the dentist many times, a trip to our office may seem like no big deal. But for children who are less familiar with the dentist and unsure about what to expect, a visit to the dentist can be an intimidating – and even scary – experience.
Despite their insecurities, you can’t afford to not take your child to the dentist. According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, the leading cause of childhood illness results from tooth decay. There are approximately 16 million children in the United States with tooth decay that has been left untreated.
To make sure your child is getting the dental care they need to stay healthy, try to help them overcome their fear of going to the dentist. With a bit of encouragement and support, your child just may learn to enjoy their visits with our team at Wayne Dental Care.
Help Your Child Know What to Expect
Many children feel anxious because they don’t know what to expect before their first dental visit. If you can talk to your child about what is to come, they are less likely to be afraid.
Sit down with your child and look around our website, including our pediatric dentistry, to give them an idea of what our office looks like. You can show them pictures of our staff members so they won’t see a bunch of unfamiliar faces when they get here. You should also talk to them about what is going to happen during their appointment, but make sure to use positive language. The more informed your child is, the more empowered they are likely to feel.
Be Honest but Gentle
If your child has to undergo a dental procedure, don’t lie to them about the treatment they will have to sit through. As badly as you may want to protect your child, it is better to be honest. Still, you want to use words that are positive and non-threatening. Try to find a way to explain the treatment to them in a way that won’t scare them, but gives them an idea of what to expect.
Remind Your Child that We’re the Good Guys!
We want your child to see us in a positive light, so remind them that we are the good guys and not people to fear. Explain to them that we are the ones who help them take care of their teeth so that they can have a beautiful, healthy smile.
Get Them Excited
Before you bring your child in for their appointment, try to spark some enthusiasm. Compare a trip to our office to an adventure and use language that encourages them to get excited about coming here. Do what you can to make their visit a fun experience.
To learn more about how we can help keep your child’s teeth healthy or what we can do to help your child feel more comfortable during their time with us, call our Wayne, PA office at 610-227-6143 or contact us online.