Tips to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Dentists
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and Artistic Touch Dentistry wants you to know what steps to take so your child isn’t afraid of the dentist.
The ADA encourages you to develop good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Starting early is important when it comes to the taking your children to the dentist. If going to the dentist becomes part of their regular routine each year then they will be less likely to skip it ensuring them they have great oral health.
Also when you tell your little one about the dentist and make sure to watch which words you use. Parents.com suggests you avoid words like “shot,” “hurt,” or “pain.” Tell your child that our friendly staff is going to be checking their smiles and counting their teeth. Then there’s nothing to be afraid of! Use positive phrases like “clean, strong, healthy teeth” to make the visit seem fun rather than scary and alarming.
If your child is still a bit afraid of making the trip to the dentist then Parents.com suggests you consider playing pretend with your child. All you’ll need is a toothbrush. Count your little one’s teeth by starting with the number 1 or the letter A. Avoid making drilling noises or lining up other “instruments.” You can even hold up a mirror and show them how the dentist might look at and check their teeth. Then let your child role-play by using a toothbrush to clean the teeth of a stuffed animal or doll. The key is getting her familiar with the routine so that she’s more comfortable for the real visit. Teach your child that visiting the dentist is a necessity, not a choice, and that the dentist will take care of his teeth so that they are strong and healthy.
When it’s time for your child to make a trip to the dentist then call Artistic Touch Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Brazdo or Dr. Janice Wahl.